Theft of plants a double whammy
IMAGINE suffering flood damage and then theft.
Donna Kampe of Laidley awoke on the last Sunday of February to find half her new plants missing from her yard.
“All of them were put in the garden before the roots had time to grow, so they were easy to pull out,” she said.
After floodwaters left her garden bereft of soil and flora, she started to clear the debris and replant until thugs ransacked her front yard again.
“The thieves even came down the path to the house and I didn't have a fence up until now.”
“They took all my gerberas, everything. I had oleanders, hibiscus and myrtles, marigolds, bougainvilleas, azaleas and a gardenia.
“They would have had to have a car and there was surely more than one of them.”
Ms Kampe said the incident occurred on the day of the markets so it may have been people from outside the region.
“I would hate to think it was someone from town, and it can't have been children because they would need a car to haul the plants away,” she said.
She said the estimated value of the plants was about $250.
“I wrote down a list of all that was missing and the problem is they are not insurable.
“Some of them were four foot high!
“Now I have to lock my gates at night and I am planning to get a bigger dog.”
She said this type of theft is happening throughout the area.
“I know next door lost a tree the same night because they were away, but then they moved on to my garden.”
“Mine was just ripe for the pickings.
“I put a note out the front saying they should be ashamed of themselves.”
In the January flood disaster, Ms Kampe said she lost everything underneath her house too, with water rising to four feet.
“I lost furniture, tools and electric equipment and everything because I have two bedrooms down there and a lounge room,” she said.
“It will take a lot of effort to get the place back to looking nice again it was hard work.”