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Police search for flower pot thief around Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Police say they have surveillance video of the flower pot pirate, the man who has raided the porches of nearly a dozen homes in the Bethlehem area.

"At 3:30 in the morning I think he's a big coward," said one victim.

This resident doesn't want his face shown for reasons he'll explain later, but he does want everyone to see his footage of the thief stealing five potted plants from his porch.

"I hope someone out there can recognize the scum bag," the victim said.

Police say this isn't an isolated incident. 

One family in northeast Bethlehem says the thief walked off with a $70 hanging basket.

"There was two of them out there, one on each side and one disappeared between 12 and 1 in the afternoon," said Greg Marquardt.

In this case there was no video, but there was an eye witness.

"My father was out front and saw someone pull up and just take it like nonchalant; no shame, broad daylight," said Annie Perkins. 

Residents we spoke to say they're thinking of booby trapping their blooms or using GPS tags to track them.

Some are using metal ties to make stealing their plants harder.

The video of the porch pirate is now posted on the internet and in the hands of police.

"Somebody is going to recognize him and hopefully they give us that information and it will blossom into an arrest," said Chief Mark DiLuzio of the Bethlehem Police Department.

But our friend from earlier in the story says he says wants to catch the thief in action.

"I’ll be looking for him. I know what he looks like. I don’t want him to know what I look like," the victim said.

Police say the flower pot pirate faces theft charges and possibly loitering and prowling.

If you recognize him, police say you should give them a call at 610-865-7187.


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