Woman accused of stealing plants from Sutton High Street decorations

Sutton Guardian: The alleged thief with what appears to be plants protruding from her trolley The alleged thief with what appears to be plants protruding from her trolley

A woman is alleged to have brazenly taken flowers from town centre planters and told astonished onlookers she was entitled to them.

One shopper took pictures that appear to show the woman loading her shopping trolley with flowers from a pot in Sutton High Street before leaving with them.

Stunned, the shopper who took the pictures asked what she was doing and the woman is alleged to have said she was entitled to them.

Margaret Woods saw the woman on Saturday. She said: "This woman clearly has no respect for the London Borough of Sutton she stole these plants from the pot bottom of Sutton High Street and when we were taking pictures she told us she was entitled to them and to stick our pictures up our a***!

"Youngsters from the job place opposite Asda are always getting the blame for this. I think it is disgusting, had it been one of those kids they would not have got off so lightly."

The incident has been reported to Sutton Council and the police who are investigating.

A council spokesman said: "The plants in our public spaces are there for everyone’s enjoyment. Taking them not only spoils the environment, but it is theft.

"We will not tolerate this kind of antisocial behaviour and we will work with the police to take appropriate action against perpetrators."

Do you have information about flower thefts in the town centre? If so contact police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sutton Guardian:

The woman next to the planter she allegedly stole from

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8:20am Fri 11 Apr 14

Binsanity says...

Yes she did wrong and needs a quite word regarding ownership of the aesthetic features provided by the council which she rather stupidly understood to be public property.
But what ridiculous reporting making her out to be public enemy number one complete with wanted posters. What next, a Crimewatch reconstruction and an MBE for the reporter Mike Murphy Pyle for services to flower pots?
Unbeleivable.
Yes she did wrong and needs a quite word regarding ownership of the aesthetic features provided by the council which she rather stupidly understood to be public property. But what ridiculous reporting making her out to be public enemy number one complete with wanted posters. What next, a Crimewatch reconstruction and an MBE for the reporter Mike Murphy Pyle for services to flower pots? Unbeleivable. Binsanity
  • Score: -21

8:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

Niki R says...

Clearly bigger issues at play here. Don't be irresponsible.
Clearly bigger issues at play here. Don't be irresponsible. Niki R
  • Score: 9

12:39pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Purleycalm says...

The cheek of it, perhaps she could explain herself to the police.
I suggest they make her return the plants (from her presumably council owned property), and add a little community service on top.
The cheek of it, perhaps she could explain herself to the police. I suggest they make her return the plants (from her presumably council owned property), and add a little community service on top. Purleycalm
  • Score: 19

12:56pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Krissi says...

I wondered why the planters and flowerbeds always looked as if a dog had been digging in them- I have often pushed plants back or further into the soil thought it was just sloppiness on the part of the contractors
I wondered why the planters and flowerbeds always looked as if a dog had been digging in them- I have often pushed plants back or further into the soil thought it was just sloppiness on the part of the contractors Krissi
  • Score: 11

10:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

rocket400 says...

it's rusty lee from gmtv !
it's rusty lee from gmtv ! rocket400
  • Score: 8

11:32pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Noddyblanket says...

Not great obviously...but I'm going to have a guess that this lady has some kind of mental health problem. I may be wrong, but people who have done a lot worse don't have their photo put out for all to see.
Not great obviously...but I'm going to have a guess that this lady has some kind of mental health problem. I may be wrong, but people who have done a lot worse don't have their photo put out for all to see. Noddyblanket
  • Score: 15

9:37am Sat 12 Apr 14

suttondad says...

So pictures are taken and put out quickly from Saturday, yet while this goes on, pictures and CCTV images from other life changing crimes are kept out for months therefore hindering prosecutions, some serious priority issues.

A quiet word from a CSO would work, plants are gone, cest la vie, get the woman some assistance if it turns out necessary, but what will happen now is a possibly ill woman will be monitored by CCTV whilst out and about like a hardened criminal and all the while people pointing and sniggering, making remarks, making this woman feel worse. Well done Guardian, some responsible reporting there.
So pictures are taken and put out quickly from Saturday, yet while this goes on, pictures and CCTV images from other life changing crimes are kept out for months therefore hindering prosecutions, some serious priority issues. A quiet word from a CSO would work, plants are gone, cest la vie, get the woman some assistance if it turns out necessary, but what will happen now is a possibly ill woman will be monitored by CCTV whilst out and about like a hardened criminal and all the while people pointing and sniggering, making remarks, making this woman feel worse. Well done Guardian, some responsible reporting there. suttondad
  • Score: 4

6:17pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Margaret woods says...

Hi all, I have been reading your comments on this.

Lets look at the facts here.
1. She clearly stole the, is not a fact?
2. Why should she getaway with it?
3. Young people from Sutton & District Training Centre opposite Asda, are always being blamed for this, so why not publish it? Someone has to stick up for them. We are all to quick to judge these young people when they clearly on this instance have done no wrong.
4. Someone points out "mental health issues"? Maybe, but perhaps others have been lucky not to be caught out and have their picture published.
5. I think the Guardian were right to published for this type of thing to show that it is not always teenagers who destroy property.
6. Someone from the police did get involved, took the plants from her, he re-potted, then 10 minutes later she came back, pulled them back out of the tub and threw them on the kerb.
7. Why did she say "I am entitled to them" I pay my taxes? Well so do I and others pay their taxes, but we do not go round stealing from planters, do we?
8. Lets support London Borough of Sutton, who lately are really trying to make Sutton High Street look attractive.

So lets look at the bigger picture, she did wrong and blatantly had no regard for someone else's property - please think about it and ask yourself whose property it was - I for one think as a council tax payer it is our property - again ask yourself - would you do nothing if she took the plants from your garden - I think not. So the next time I see someone doing wrong I will again take pictures,

I am not afraid to speak out if I feel someone has done wrong, yet I am equally supportive to speak up if I feel someone has been unjustly wronged.
Hi all, I have been reading your comments on this. Lets look at the facts here. 1. She clearly stole the, is not a fact? 2. Why should she getaway with it? 3. Young people from Sutton & District Training Centre opposite Asda, are always being blamed for this, so why not publish it? Someone has to stick up for them. We are all to quick to judge these young people when they clearly on this instance have done no wrong. 4. Someone points out "mental health issues"? Maybe, but perhaps others have been lucky not to be caught out and have their picture published. 5. I think the Guardian were right to published for this type of thing to show that it is not always teenagers who destroy property. 6. Someone from the police did get involved, took the plants from her, he re-potted, then 10 minutes later she came back, pulled them back out of the tub and threw them on the kerb. 7. Why did she say "I am entitled to them" I pay my taxes? Well so do I and others pay their taxes, but we do not go round stealing from planters, do we? 8. Lets support London Borough of Sutton, who lately are really trying to make Sutton High Street look attractive. So lets look at the bigger picture, she did wrong and blatantly had no regard for someone else's property - please think about it and ask yourself whose property it was - I for one think as a council tax payer it is our property - again ask yourself - would you do nothing if she took the plants from your garden - I think not. So the next time I see someone doing wrong I will again take pictures, I am not afraid to speak out if I feel someone has done wrong, yet I am equally supportive to speak up if I feel someone has been unjustly wronged. Margaret woods
  • Score: 15

11:17am Mon 14 Apr 14

suttonresident100 says...

I have just come across this article.

I'm not sure which Saturday this women was seen taking the plants, but as I walked home down through Sutton high street on Friday 4th April in the evening, I noticed several plant pots had been disturbed as if someone had been digging them out.

Although some suggest there are more important crimes to be prioritised, as a new resident to the town, it was very dissappointing to see the hard work of our council ruined.

In addition, whilst returing from a visit to All Saints Church on Saturday (5th April) morning, my partner and I walked past a lady on a bike who was holding a bag containing an unpotted plant which looked suspiciously like one of the plants from the town centre!
I have just come across this article. I'm not sure which Saturday this women was seen taking the plants, but as I walked home down through Sutton high street on Friday 4th April in the evening, I noticed several plant pots had been disturbed as if someone had been digging them out. Although some suggest there are more important crimes to be prioritised, as a new resident to the town, it was very dissappointing to see the hard work of our council ruined. In addition, whilst returing from a visit to All Saints Church on Saturday (5th April) morning, my partner and I walked past a lady on a bike who was holding a bag containing an unpotted plant which looked suspiciously like one of the plants from the town centre! suttonresident100
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Purleycalm says...

Noddyblanket wrote:
Not great obviously...but I'm going to have a guess that this lady has some kind of mental health problem. I may be wrong, but people who have done a lot worse don't have their photo put out for all to see.
What because old people dont break the law?
[quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: Not great obviously...but I'm going to have a guess that this lady has some kind of mental health problem. I may be wrong, but people who have done a lot worse don't have their photo put out for all to see.[/p][/quote]What because old people dont break the law? Purleycalm
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

justed for all says...

Its theft and should be treated so youshould have people round carshalton high street out side the charity shops to takk photos of the people taking and helping them selves to the donations left outside they seem to think they are entitled to them and get a way with it
Its theft and should be treated so youshould have people round carshalton high street out side the charity shops to takk photos of the people taking and helping them selves to the donations left outside they seem to think they are entitled to them and get a way with it justed for all
  • Score: 3

11:46am Wed 23 Apr 14

trasie says...

Just take them back off her. Then hit her with an ASBO. That should do the trick. NOT. Crickey I would have thought that there was better news in Sutton, evidently not.
Just take them back off her. Then hit her with an ASBO. That should do the trick. NOT. Crickey I would have thought that there was better news in Sutton, evidently not. trasie
  • Score: -1

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