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Local Petunia Bandit Caught On Tape

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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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