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Thieves use longboard to steal planter boxes in Point Loma

Posted at 9:41 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 13:09:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Decorative planters are being stolen from businesses and homes in Point Loma, but one victim is hoping pictures of the thieves in action will help lead to their arrest.

Groundskeeper Randy James told 10News that the thieves used a longboard to take the planters away.

James said, "The next morning, I just came there and it looked kind of empty, and I'm like, 'What's missing?'"

A security camera captured the thieves using a longboard to wheel both planters to a white truck where another man was waiting.

"I like what I do and I take a lot of pride in it, and you just feel like, I wonder why somebody didn't appreciate that. Why they felt like they had to actually take that. I would have been happy to come to their house and make one for them," James said, laughing.

Other neighbors in the area say they've been hit too, so James figured out a way to make the planters harder to steal.

"So about up to about two-thirds of it is filled with 'Quikrete,' which you just buy about two or three bags," James said.

He hopes his message for whoever took his planters sinks in before they steal anything else.

"Get your hands dirty. You know you don't have to steal. You can get out there and dig in the dirt. It might be … occupy your time better than what you're doing," said James.

The theft was reported to police, but police did not get back to 10News on exactly how many thefts like this have happened.