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“The person responsible for the theft of flowers in the Second District was arrested on Friday, May 6”

by Prince Of Petworth — May 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm 23 Comments

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From the MPD-2D Listserv:

“Greeting to the citizens of the Second District,

The person responsible for the theft of flowers in the Second District was arrested on Friday, May 6, 2016. This was an example of the community and law enforcement officers sharing information and being on the lookout for the alleged suspect.

Recap:

A few days ago, emails were sent to the community regarding a person who for years had stolen flowers from private yards and on public space. On Friday, May 6th, 2016, around the evening hours, a Georgetown Resident observed the individual in the Glover Park area and called the police dispatcher. Members of the Second District and Uniform Secret Services Division responded to the location and arrested the flower man for an outstanding warrant. Since this is an ongoing investigation there will be no other details provided at this time.

The citizens play an important role in the community. They outnumber the police in their communities and share information with each other.

As a result of these actions, they become the eyes and ears of MPD which leads to the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals in the community. This example will motivate others get involved and be the next person to standout in their community.

Most people will hesitate to call 911 because they don’t want others to feel like they are profiling people because of their race, culture, religious beliefs and etc. However, when MPD or other law enforcement officers in the District of Columbia respond to a scene, they will conduct an investigation. All of us will continue to work together to combat crimes in our communities.”

  • Zann

    Um wow. #Ward2Problems

  • Teeeeeeeeeeextdooooooooooc!
    It can happen!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      ha! Exactly what I was thinking!

    • textdoc

      What can happen — flower thieves getting busted for stealing flowers?

      • Thieves getting busted!

        • textdoc

          It sounds like this person was on the radar of the entire neighborhood for a long history of flower-stealing, though.

          • I’m trying to be positive here.

          • textdoc

            Sorry. 🙂
            .
            I never actually reported the incident to the police. I suppose I should get around to it. I wonder whether they consider it theft or vandalism?

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    I feel really great about my visit to DC next month. It’s a safer city because this flower thief has been taken off the streets.

  • ANC

    I’ll bet you anything this guy is a flagrant jaywalker, too. Scofflaw!

  • jcm

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess all of you scoffers haven’t had plants you’ve spent many hours tending stolen from you. In the grand scheme of things it may not be a big deal, but in the moment it really, really sucks.

    • textdoc

      Yeah. When I came home one Tuesday and saw that all of my red tulips and some of my fancy daffodils were gone, I was pretty upset.

    • textdoc

      It also makes you start wondering what’s going to get stolen next.

    • Anon

      Eh, I’d be bummed if my plants were stolen, but they’re a lot easier to replace than other things I’ve had stolen, like my front gate (unless you get lucky with scrapyard diving you have to get a new one custom made) or a single chair cushion (have to replace all the cushions if I ever want them to match again).

  • zandunga

    When I was a kid, my mother used to cut neighbors’ flowers. I would tell her that it was illegal and the neighbors can call the cops on her. She would shrug off my comments. Now I have proof. The 10 year old inside of me is excited.

    • textdoc

      Wow. How could anyone think that it was OK to cut someone else’s flowers? (Other than, say, seven-year-olds.)

      • Anon

        Especially in front of their kid? Talk about setting a bad example.

  • Los

    Meanwhile, in the Chinatown Metro stop….

  • Anonymous

    He was stealing flowers from yards from Glover Park through Chevy Chase and selling them to florists.

  • Bbird

    this guy won coverage everywhere a few years back…
    People wanted him dead for years
    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/us/washington-dc-gardeners-battle-flower-thief.html?referer=

    • textdoc

      Thanks for the link!

  • Columbia Heights

    Cool, so it sounds like the police now have plenty of time to address the 12-15 year running open-call crack cocaine market and chicken wing littering contest in front of my house. Or maybe I should somehow get Secret Service involved?!

  • Park Viewer

    Grand theft flora. It’s a thing. Seriously though, if you had planted those bulbs and nurtured those flowers over the weeks, you’d want the repeat flower perp popped too.

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