Curbed NY posted an image of a sign a Park Slope resident had posted warning neighbors of a plant fiend / thief on the loose. The sign is complete with a description of a suspect seen prowling about in the dark, presumably picking the prettiest pansies to be his latest victim, and a request to call 911 if a man is seen matching this description.
That request is of course not to be taken literally, as calling 911 simply to report seeing “a stocky man 5′ 7″ with salt and pepper hair” would likely overwhelm the 911 call center, especially in the Slope.
The sad fact of the matter is that this is not a new crime spree but is an issue that has plagued Park Slope plant owners for years. The Brooklyn Paper even ran a story this last spring about the plight of plant owners in the slope who are forced to chain up pots or “even cement them firmly to the ground.”
Is this the work of one “stocky” man? Even with salt and pepper hair, it seems unlikely a single man would have the ability to terrorize a neighborhood’s floral residents for year after year. For one thing, what would he do with all the plants? Unless he has an underworld flower-fence to move the pilfered pansies, he must have a greenhouse the size of Greenwood.
The real take-away message here to Park Slope residents: if you see a person, of any description really, poking about flower beds in the middle of the night in a suspicious manner, call NYPD crime stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
But don’t call 911.