Police investigating after latest bizarre plant pot theft in South Shields

Enquiries are ongoing after a green-fingered thief stole a plant pot from the garden of a South Shields home in a bizarre theft.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 4:55 am

Police were called after an ornamental plant pot was stolen from the garden of a home on Stanhope Road in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, June 3.

Officers are now investigating the incident and have confirmed that inquiries are ongoing.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Shortly before 9.30am today, Thursday, we received a report of theft of an ornamental plant pot from a garden on Stanhope Road, South Shields.

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A home on Stanhope Road, South Shields, was targeted by a thief who stole a plant pot from the garden.
Image by Google Maps.
A home on Stanhope Road, South Shields, was targeted by a thief who stole a plant pot from the garden. Image by Google Maps.

“Enquires are ongoing.”

CCTV footage of the incident has been shared on social media and residents in the area have reacted with shock and anger.

One resident posted: “That’s shocking. Why on earth? We all should be able to leave what we want in our gardens.”

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CCTV footage from a neighbouring property captured the strange incident, which showed the couple walking up to a home before making off with two plant pots - loading them into the car even as a woman ran out of a home appearing to film them on her phone.

Police later confirmed that the offenders were using a stolen registration plate to conceal their own.

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