Thieves steal plants and furniture from the porches of several homes in the Russell neighborhood


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A man and woman were caught on camera stealing plants and furniture from the porches of four homes in the Russell neighborhood.

Minnie Wilson never had any luck with growing plants, so she was proud of the Coleus plant she managed to grow.

On Sunday morning, she noticed that the plant she had spent so much time and effort growing was missing.

She checked her security cameras and couldn’t believe what she saw.

“It’s cheeky,” Wilson said. “It’s like porch pirates on steroids.”

In the video, a car can be seen driving down the street. He stops and a woman gets out and walks past Wilson’s house.

She walks over to Wilson’s neighbor’s house and takes their hanging planter.

Walking back to the car, she noticed something on Wilson’s porch, his potted plant.

“So it’s late summer and my plant was lush and beautiful and tall and healthy,” Wilson said. “And it’s like a punch.”

The story would be weird if it ended there, but it doesn’t. After getting help from a man to put her newly stolen plants in the car, she returns for more.

She takes some tables and seat cushions from other neighbors.

“I’ve never seen anything like it because it was a bright, sunny morning,” Wilson said. “The sun is coming up, bright, and they were really relaxed and laid back, like they were shopping at Walmart.”

Footage showed the car filled to the brim with stuff. The woman pulls out another plant and just throws it on the street to put the new things inside.

“I’ve lived here for over 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Wilson said. “It’s just amazing.”

Wilson said this type of brazen theft is new to his neighborhood. She spoke to the LMPD and filed a police report.

As for whether she will try to grow another plant, she said she wouldn’t let the thieves win.

“I could buy a heavier pot, you know, maybe one of those big concrete jobs, but I’ll have plants next summer,” Wilson said.

This summer, Governor Beshear signed a bill that makes porch pirate thefts a felony. And although thieves stole items from porches, the law only applies to mail matters such as packages and letters.

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