Caught on camera: Thieves steal $2K in flowers

(WBIR-Knoxville) The manager at Ace in Bearden has upgraded security after thieves were caught on camera stealing $2,000 worth of exotic flowers from the nursery Thursday night.

Around 10:30 p.m., surveillance video showed a minivan pull behind the Bearden store, located off Kingston Pike, and a man and woman break-in through the back nursery gate.

"I couldn't believe they were stealing plants. I couldn't believe that someone would cut a chain and break in to get plants," said Casey Collins, Nursery Manager.

The video showed the duo packed in 22 flower pots, worth about $75 each.

"They knew what they were doing," said Collins. "I think they did the whole process in about 13 minutes and got about $2,000 in plants."

Collins said with busy season in full swing, and Mother's Day just over two weeks away, the suspects targeted the pots with cockscomb, an exotic, expensive, bright flower.

"I honestly think they will resell them. Because they were high dollar," said Collins. "There are so many different types of plants inside those pots and it takes time to put all of that together. And we get them from a vendor that puts them together for us so they've got to charge for that."

The store manager filed a police report, and K.P.D's forensic unit came out and got a copy of the surveillance video.

"I hope someone recognizes them, or their minivan," the store manager told 10News.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7000


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