Sept. 9, 2015 By Christian Murray
Fed up with cigarette butts, poop bags and beer cans strewn all over the tree pit near his store, Skillman Pets (49-16 Skillman Avenue) owner Abdel Rios decided it was time to clean up the eyesore.
On Saturday, Rios picked up the trash, put down fresh soil and decided to beautify the tree pit with nine plants that he bought from Home Depot.
“It took me hours and it looked great,” Rios said. He had planted some ivy and other plants that he thought would survive winter and grow in nicely next summer.
But his plans went hopelessly awry, when he discovered Tuesday afternoon that the plants had been swiped.
The tree pit was barren and there were holes from where he had put down the plants.
Irritated, Rios called the police and started to review footage from his surveillance camera.
He discovered that at 4 am Tuesday a woman walked up the street in flip flops and stuffed a paper bag with the plants. The footage–provided by Rios–is below.
Rios said that it is clear that the middle-aged woman had spotted the plants before hand and then came out during the night.
“She even looked over her shoulder just before she pulled them out.”
“I can’t understand the mentality of this; it’s so wrong,” he said. “I know it isn’t a big crime but this is one of neighbors doing this to us; it’s so wrong.”