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Plants stolen off neighborhood porches

NORTHSIDE, Ohio (Joe Webb) -- Brian Moeller and his wife love plants.    

They have a big vegetable garden and potted plants all over the front porch of the Northside home they restored a few years ago.  On Monday, July 14, someone stole their biggest plants.

Brian Moeller said, "Just right here on the porch.  There was an owl right there, kinda goofy like.  Had hair but it was a plant.  Couple right there on the end table and one in the very corner."
   
Brian posted pictures on Facebook of the owl planter, the 70's mushroom crock and four Virgin Mary planters that were stolen.  He can't understand why someone would come through his gate and up on his porch to take something they can't scrap or sell for cash.

The irritating part about crimes like what happened to Brian is what was stolen has little value to the thief but great personal and sentimental value to the victim.  Police said they have noticed an uptick in nuisance crimes every summer in Northside.  People like to put stuff on their porches and it may look nice but it could attract bad guys.
   
Northside grange manager, Jerome Wilson, has lived in Northside for three years.  He doesn't understand it.

"I've had garden gnomes stolen from my front yard.  It's a shame but yeah, people take the weirdest things.  My yard's even fenced so they had to come over the fence and take the gnomes and go," Wilson said.
   
Brian Moeller spoke with police.  He hopes someone sees the unusual collectibles at a flea market or on another porch somewhere.  In the meantime, the decent thinking people of Northside can only say, "Stay off my porch."

If you've seen the stolen planters or have any information about them please call Cincinnati police district five or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.




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