WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man was captured on surveillance video stealing hundreds of dollars worth of plants from a West Seneca garden center, not once, or twice, but three times in a row.
Police say cameras were perfectly placed to help solve the crime at the Gardenville Blooms Garden Center and they have identified their suspect.
Manager Brian Przybyl said, "A thousand dollars worth of plants go missing in one week, it really hits you in the bottom line. I just couldn't believe they would do it three times in one week and think they weren't going to get caught."
On one night, the man stole a number of plants in less than a minute.
"Just wasn't what I expected," Przybyl said. "You figure little kids running through the night and grabbing stuff, just pranksters, but it just looked like a clean cut guy in a brand new vehicle. Very surprised."
He posted pictures on Facebook asking for help and an anonymous tipster provided all the information he needed.
"People knew exactly who he was exactly, what he drove exactly, his plate numbers, exactly where he lived," Przybyl said.
Many of the items that were stolen while on display were later recovered by police when they paid the suspect a visit at his Buffalo home. But authorities say there is still a lot out there that is unaccounted for.
West Seneca Police weren't able to speak on camera but they say the man in the pictures has admitted to stealing from the store. Detectives gave News 4 permission to show his face, but they won't release his name.
"We try to keep a nice presence at the street. When you drive by, you see all these beautiful flowers out there and now you need to recede back and keep it under the camera's view," Przybyl said.
The store manager believes this was an isolated incident, but adds more cameras will soon be installed regardless.
Police say the suspect is being cooperative. At this time, he has not been arrested or charged, but police say he will be charged with petit larceny later this week.
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