STOLEN: Lilly pillies have been stolen from Bundaberg's Landcare Nursery.
STOLEN: Lilly pillies have been stolen from Bundaberg's Landcare Nursery. Zach Hogg BUN170614BWP1

Thief steals plants when they just should have asked

A LIGHT-FINGER green thumb has raided Bundaberg's Landcare Nursery, making off with a bunch of plants.

Nursery manager Carol Anderson said she was not concerned about the cost of the plants, which had been planted along the boundary, but more that someone had stolen from a community group.

The tress were planted six months ago as a barrier hedge around the Killer St property.

On Wednesday last week the volunteers arrived to find at least five plants had been pulled out and removed from the area.

Mrs Anderson said it was the first time the group had been a victim of theft but she had heard of plants being stolen in the past from the neighbouring Tom Quinn Community Centre had .

"I'm not concerned about the money - it's all about people taking from everybody in the community,” she said.

"If they wanted the plants that much they could have come to see us and we would have given them to them.”

The crime has not been reported to police.

"It's a petty crime to commit and such a shame,” Mrs Anderson said.

"We may have to put up security cameras in the future.”

Volunteers at the nursery say they feel as though the thief also stole some of the passion for gardening.

Anyone with information about the stolen plants can phone the Landcare Nursery on 0429 355 664.