Lowlife bonsai thief caught on tape

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The adrenaline rush he got from stealing it will probably contribute to his inevitable heart attack...

What a beautiful planting, too. I hope Tony gets it back in good condition.
 
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That would irritate me no end,some sandle wearing lardy mullet in shorts with an appreciation of Bonsai.

Are you suggesting you'd view him more favorably if he was wearing a 3-piece suit while stealing a bonsai? He's a BUM THIEF.
 

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Well,you would like to think your Bonsai had been stolen in some elaborate heist by some suave sophisticate,maybe to order for thousands of dollars.

Not some bum from the trailer park as a gift for his mother.
 

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Good luck, that thief looks like every other guy in Florida. ;) Come to think of it, he looks kinda like Smoke:D

I hope they catch the thief. These kinds of things make my blood boil.:mad:
 

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What a terrible way to end a great weekend.

I attended this show which was in Ft. Myers and the thief in question had to have planned this out. He waited until Sunday afternoon when the show was over and everyone was distracted breaking things down and packing up.

If you have ever been a part of a show like this, you know how hectic is can be at the end.

From what I was told, he pull up to the front in his vehicle. Calmly walked in the front door. Picked up the tree and was gone in a flash.

Hopefully this crime will not go unpunished.

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Paul
 

John Ruger

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Too bad the resolution stinks on the camera; it almost looks like a tatoo on his right calf.
 

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Hopefully this gets some air time, these are all over our news here, and typically soon after you see his mugshot. Can you see him telling his cell mate, I got here stealin a tree.
 

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My dad lives in Ft. Myers. I sent the article down there, and they said it was in the paper. Hope they get the guy.
 

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Saw this on the other forum. Glad to hear that it made the news...hopefully that leads to his arrest and the recovery of the tree.

I thought he must have taken it after hours...but he walked off with it right at the end of the show when everyone was around...wow. We'll have to keep that in mind at future shows.

Chris
 

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Wow, if I seen this guy I would think he was either the owner or somebody helping out the owner packing up his stuff. Who could really say they would consider him a thief as casually as he walked in and out. I wonder what the value of the tree is, I bet its worth a lot looking at the care put into it and that value would add to the sentence he eventually recieves and the effort put into apprehending the thief, I think a felony is anything over $200.00. I doubt he took it to keep it, so hopefully it will show up before it dies from lack of attention.

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Sadly, I don't ever think these trees will surface... But let's hope so !!!

I knew "Mullets" weren't cool !!!
 

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Well one thing's for sure; he won't be able to list it on an auction site, or show it publicly. The pleasure I get from bonsai is inconsistent with owning stolen property. I would much rather have a mallsai that I could contemplate with serenity, than own a masterpiece that was stolen.
 

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Maybe some narks should go into the market for a BRT forest planting to see if they can spot any new sellers and report them to the police...

Unless, of course, this guy keeps it for himself. But I'm assuming he'll want to get it off his hands ASAP.
 
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