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On 6-11-2009 I went up to stand up plants that had blown over after a severe storm came through. I found that someone had stolen about 50 of my Magnolia virginiana var. australis ‘Sweet Thing’ in 3gal. containers. I would appreciate if anyone can help me catch the Thieves that stole these plants. The 'Sweet Thing' Magnolias would have been stolen late on 6-10-09 or during the day on 6-11-09. I would give a reward of plant material for the apprehension of these Thieves. My nursery is in Morrison Tennessee.
Otis was just talking to a friend today about how so much has changed. I said if I put a dead toad out front, someone would steal it.
Check advertisements too of people selling plants and shrubs. They just might be stupid enough to advertise. Any houses close where they might have seen something? What about other businesses close by that were open and saw something?
I know it's no consolation but a gardening friend was telling me about her brother's theft. He had some real nice varieties of Japanese Maples, nice size, planted in front of his house. Someone actually came during the night and dug them up and stole them. It happened recently.
I certainly hope they catch who did this.
Otis, I'm so sorry to hear of your theft...I'd also check any local flea markets...jerks will most likely try to get rid of them as quickly as possible without being traced, flea markets provide the broadest customer base with greatest anonymity...good luck getting at least some of them back
The magnolias that were stolen were a cultivar that I have patented. Patent # pp17,814 I think that someone stole them for propagation wood. This magnolia is a dwarf evergreen Sweetbay. In my area there a lot of nurseries 95% of them are very honest people. About 5 or 6 years ago someone stole 30 Red Dragon Japanese maples that I had been growing 15 years. I now have my 8,000 Bloodgood Japanese maple on video.
we had a worker once -who bought a pickup from us
then didnt show up for a few days
when he came back with the pickup you could see where it said
Pumpkins for sale spray painted on the side! then spraypaint through the letters!!
Guess what work was----pumpkin for harvesting!!!!!
guess he got a few loads after hours!!!
good luck!!! what a world we are living in these days!!!
Hope you find your plant material.
Keep at it you may be surprised that you are able to track them down.
We sold a used computer to someone in Canada. Mailed it UPS. When the purchaser went to the UPS store to pick it up COD. He found it had been stolen. The next Sunday, he found someone selling the same type of computer in the classifieds. He went to check it out. For some reason he thought to check the serial number from the computer he was to have received from us with the one the "gent" was selling. When he discovered they matched. He left and called the police. Turned out the "gent" also worked for UPS.