San Diego family fed up after thief targets garden sanctuary

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 21:21:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Bankers Hills man says a thief targeted his ‘place of tranquility,’ which may send him to a breaking point.

On Thursday morning, Robert Clark walked out of his condo on Third Avenue and found a mess just beyond his front door, in the garden he calls “his little piece of Paris.” Clark and his wife have lived in the neighborhood for 17 years.

Someone had ripped out hundreds of dollars worth of solar lights, before stealing a large amount of garden stones.  The stones that weren’t taken were thrown across the garden.  In the center of his sanctuary, the thief had somehow ripped out the fixtures from the fountain.

“They were lying here. They may have realized they weren’t copper. Maybe not as valuable as they hoped,” said Clark.

Clark doesn’t know who ‘they’ are, but he is frustrated by a string of thefts in the past several years, from planters to a Christmas wreath.  He wonders if the growing homeless issue may be a factor.  He says some have been spotted sleeping in the canyon behind his backyard and nearby sidewalks, while some neighbors have had physical altercations.

“My wife wants to move.  She wants to leave,” said Clark.