May 8, 2012 Staff Report
Terry Murphy, a resident of 47th Street, said thieves have stolen his plants on three occasions since he moved to a house between Skillman and 43rd Avenues in March.
The most recent incident occurred Sunday night when a large “Sum and Substance Hosta” was stolen from his front yard. The plant, a garden giant known for its glossy, heart-shaped leaves, averages 30 inches tall and 60 inches wide. Murphy estimated that his weighed at least 25 pounds.
“It’s a very bizarre kind of thing to steal,” he said.
The plant has little monetary value; the one stolen was likely worth less than $25, Murphy said. In addition to “Hostas,” a small tree was also stolen from his property, according to Murphy, who has moved many of his plants to the backyard.