Club members bowled by plant thieves

'They are just low-life thieves'

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 10/06/2014
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MISSING PIECES: Timaru Indoor Bowls Association president Brian Henry inspects the club's garden after 11 plants were stolen.

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The theft of 11 plants from a Timaru bowling club just days after being planted has angered its members.

Timaru Indoor Bowls Association president Brian Henry said the plants were put in on Thursday in an attempt to beautify the area, not just for the club's members, but for other community groups who also use the facility.

The plants were stolen at the weekend.

Henry reported the incident to police yesterday.

The club, on Ranui Ave, took over the facility in October. The previous occupants also had problems with plant thieves, Henry said.

"We're lucky that's all they took when you look what's there," he said, looking at the small native plants lining the footpath.

He believed the culprit thought the plants were owned by the council.

"But they are not, they are stealing off the bowling [club]. They are just low-life thieves. All of this stuff is donated by some nurseries and some members," he said.

Security lighting is now being considered.

"We'd love to catch them. We're trying our hardest to make this [area] something special for the town. We don't need these kinds of people doing that kind of thing to it."

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- The Timaru Herald

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