Dogwood thefts proliferate with spring bloom Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:54 am
Throughout the Bay Area at this time of year, gorgeously flowering dogwood trees become cash cows for some thieves. They often come with pruning saws and shears in the middle of the night, police said.
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Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Charleston Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:55 am
NOW I have an explanation why, when I came outside this morning, I found major tree trimmings, branches etc, lying on the trunk of my car. I was in a hurry to get to work, looked up at the tree, thought it looked sparse, but didn't have time to investigate more. The car is parked on the street, and I came home at 9pm last night...so this happened between 9pm and 10am. Losers. Creeps. Jerks. GOD I'm SO tired of scum.
Posted by Gethin, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm
The fascinating thing about America is that there are an endless number of creative ways to make a living and equally broad opportunities for criminals to ply their trade. Not even flowering trees are safe.
Posted by Farmer Brown, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm
This same story will be played out with the fruit trees later. Some people have no respect for others property and think that if they can see it in the front yard, they can pick it. I woke up one night to find two elderly women filling bags off my lemon tree. When I turned on the light they scuttled into a big Mercedes and drove off. Probably an 80K car and their taking my lemons. Unreal.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm
What r u implying...if Farmer Brown DOESN'T immediately use all his lemons -- emphasize HIS lemons -- that means random persons in Mercedes cars are entitled to strip his tree of fruit?!
Come on, now.
No harm in ringing a bell at a reasonable hour, if you are a neighbor, to INQUIRE if the owner wouldn't mind sharing some fruit (IF it appeared for some reason the tree/hedge/bush was getting overladen and overripe and unpicked), BUT the owner is under NO OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER to agree to strangers' demands for his property. The gall of some people around here. I suppose the excuse of the Mercedes ladies is that it would go to a church. That doesn't justify theft.
Posted by Farmer Brown, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm
LARK: Yes, I do. I use every single one in exactly the way I choose. Most are consumed or used for cooking, many are regular gifts to family and neighbors, and even the rotten drop offs go into my composter and eventually back into my yard... except the one's that were stolen.
Now, if I would have said "No" what would your reply have been? I'd LOVE to hear it.
Posted by midtown journalist, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm
This story needed a good editor with better news judgement. The headline says thefts "proliferate," but the story quotes one victim and a police officer talking about a wave of dogwood thefts ten years ago. That is not proliferation today. One theft is not a news story. If there are other current cases, the reporter should have found them and included them. If there are not, this story should have been killed, however terrible the experience was for Mr. O'Sullivan. His run-in with the dogwood theives is worth a news brief. But it is not enough to support a story framed as reporting on a new crime wave.