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.
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.
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.