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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stolen Bonsai

     Two well-developed bonsai were stolen from Walter Pall's garden within the last day or two. One is a splendid trident maple, the other a dynamic European spruce (Picea abies.)

The signs point to the theft being the work of someone (maybe more than one) who knows Walter's setup and knew exactly where to find what they were after. Since selling such trees may be difficult -- those who would be interested might have heard of the theft already -- I wonder if someone is trying to put together a collection without having to do any work! The incident also smacks of betrayal of personal trust, which is even worse.

For Walter's post, and his pictures of the trees, please go to Walter's own blog post.

A Japanese maple was stolen from a gentleman named Johann Kastner, also in Germany, about the same time.

It is unlikely that any of these trees will show up on this side of the Atlantic, tho not impossible. In any event, the more people who know about this, worldwide, the harder it will be for the thief/thieves to move or to dispose of the trees, without getting caught.

Once the culprit is caught, then, we tie him to a post, give Walter a very dull set of pruners, and walk away!

:-(  :-(  :-(

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