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Thief targets plants, outdoor furniture in East End

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Potted plants are part of the scenery along Riverside Drive at homes and businesses.

But East End neighbors noticed Sunday, in August of 2014, that someone has been admiring and stealing their floral decorations.

Connie Greene, who lives in the area, said "I had a friend yesterday come by and say that Sunday morning about 8 a.m., he saw a silver gray truck pull up on our sidewalks and was actually loading things into a truck that was packed."

One decorative pot was stolen from Connie Greene's porch. The person who saw the thief didn't realize a crime was happening.

Word is spreading through the neighborhood that others have had problems.

Local business owner Joel Wainscott said, "Multiple from Foster's Point, Captain's Watch. They've had pots stolen from their place more than once I believe."

Wainscott owns Mission 5 fitness. A thief took two of his pots off his patio last Tuesday.

Wainscott said, "The following Saturday night, one of the trainers came in on Sunday morning and all four chairs were gone, the table was gone and they left the rug and three pots.  so ever since then, I've been taking the pots inside."

Joel says his customers enjoyed sitting on the patio furniture, so the theft is disappointing.

Home and business owners are doing what they can to make their neighbors aware of what's going on.

"This can happen in any neighborhood," said Greene. "So it's not that we're in an unsafe neighborhood, it's just kind of that we've been targeted at this time. Someone realized that they could just walk right in, take something and load it."

Emails have been circulating to let neighbors know what's happening. Some homeowners said they are investing in surveillance cameras for their houses.

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