Local Petunia Bandit Caught On Tape

BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — Someone is stealing petunias in Bethel Park and one local business caught the bandit on tape.

The surveillance camera at Peters Electric Company is mounted on the side of the building – angled to oversee the parking lot and the area where the petunias were planted.

“Looks like a woman, picks them both up in her arms, puts them in the car,” Jack W. Peters said.

The thief hit Peters Electric three times – twice in June and once in July. Twice the person was caught on camera.

Peters says he hesitated to call police.

“I felt foolish about it,” he said. “I waited a couple of days and finally – yes, I called the police.”

Peters says after the third time he stopped planting, but once he put up his sign, several others in the area told him they had been victims of the petunia desperado.

He says there’s a chance he’ll plant more petunias next year, but has a warning for the thief.

“We will do a better job with our cameras,” he said. “I will have a good shot [of] you next year!”

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

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  • Saul K.

    It’s probably a Bethel teacher. They only work nine months a year and have nothing else better to do.

    • Anonymous

      They work 7 months a year.

    • d-nutt

      May be on to something; but they work only 7 months a year.

    • Anonymous

      So you’re saying that only Bethel teachers work 9 months out of the year? And when the kids have off in the summer – you want them to be….teaching no one? And the fact that school is out automatically makes them steal petunias?

  • johnny69

    Why don’t they say “We know who you are and where you live, if you turn yourself in we go easy on you” Just saying that with conviction right into the camera would make this person turn themselves in.

  • why

    This is news?

  • Laurie

    I work at a dentist’s office around the corner from Peter’s electric, and our flowers were stolen too. The thief apparently likes sweet potato vines and daisies as well as the petunias!! I hope they do as well in her planters as they did in ours!!

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