Police Search for Flower Thieves

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 6:12 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 6:12 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Workers discovered Wednesday afternoon Thieves uprooted and stole more than 60 flower plants at the Cottage Garden within Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Workers say the culprits meticulously targeted and removed the garden's unique flowers.

"They knew what they wanted. They knew what they were doing and knew they had to take the root out so it wouldn't be damaged," said Otis Glover, director of the conservancy's strategic initiatives and external affairs officer. "They were very selective of the plants."

The thieves uprooted hosta plants, geraniums, and coleus. Police are now looking at surveillance footage captured nearby showing a red and white commercial truck around the time of the incident. This is the fourth time the historic garden has lost precious flowers to thieves. The conservancy is asking residents to keep an eye out for unusual activity around the garden. Officials say conservancy workers and their vehicles will always be have identifiable signage. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is also asking park-goers to refrain from bringing vehicles on the grass of Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Routinely the group spends thousands of dollars to repair damaged turf.

"We encourage everyone to walk on the grass in the parks, however please limit driving to the streets," said the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy President and CEO Thomas Herrera-Mishler.