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Plant pot thief caught on CCTV stealing flowers in Dowanhill in the dead of night

The begonias from Lidl were in hanging pots from Home Bargains and cost £40.

A man has been caught on camera stealing planters from a railing in the early hours.

The crime was recorded by Lesley Murray on her home security camera in Dowanhill.

The man is seen untying three planters attached to an outside railing.

 The man is seen taking the flower pots from the railing
The man is seen taking the flower pots from the railing

The theft took place in the early hours of Thursday August 13. The time on the camera says 02:29am.

The suspect appears to be a man in his 50s or 60s.

He looks around at one point to make sure he is not being seen before lifting the planters from the railing.

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Lesley posted the video on the local messaging site Nextdoor.

She appealed to neighbours asking if anyone recognised the thief.

Police have been informed of the theft.

Lesley said it is the third time plants have been stolen from her garden.

 The man is seen lifting the containers from the railing.
The man is seen lifting the containers from the railing.

She told Glasgow West End Today: "It happened at 2.30am on Thursday morning.

"I actually only realised this morning (Friday) that they had gone.

"When I made the discovery I felt sick - that horrible sinking feeling that it had happened AGAIN!

"They were bright-coloured begonias from Lidl in hanging pots from Home Bargains.

"They cost no more than £40 but that's not the point.

"You try and make your home look nice and then scumbags like this come along."

Nextdoor users condemned the thief.

 The bright-coloured begonias from Lidl were in hanging pots from Home Bargains.
The bright-coloured begonias from Lidl were in hanging pots from Home Bargains.

One person said it was a "nasty thing to do" and another said it was "disgraceful".

Others called it "shocking" and "miserable".

The short video lasts for just over a minute but clearly catches the man's appearance.

Lesley is hoping that someone might recognise the thief.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We received a report of plants having been stolen from a property in Athole Gardens, Glasgow, around 8.35am on Friday, 14 August, 2020.”

* You can watch the video here.

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