I Hate A Thief
I Hate A Thief
Young and old thieves come in different sizes and genders...
Earlier this spring, Holliston Police Officers used a GPS device in a flower pot to track a thief to his home. The flowers had been located in Lake Grove Cemetery on the grave of a young man killed in a motorcycle accident. It was not the first loss of the pot of hanging flowers from the gravesite. While the monetary value of the flowers was minimal, the emotional toll on the mother of the deceased was at best needless.
The accused, Richard Guyette, 55 of Medway, was to have his appearance on charges of larceny in Framingham District Court in early July. While the theft was only a pot of flowers, this reporter has never seen so many people in town happy about the capture of a two-bit thief.
Fast forward several months and the nights are warm. The fragrant lilies in front of the First Congregational Church are in full bloom. This reporter who on a late Tuesday night is making his appointed rounds watering the hanging baskets in the center of town has just pulled up to the water spicket at Town Hall. As I pour a bottle of Miracle Grow into the water tank mounted on my trailer, I notice a car pull up curbside directly across from St. Mary's Rectory. A woman emerges and lifts up the hood of her car.
As I watched in the dim light, the woman seemed to be going back and forth between her car and the sidewalk. While my heart told me to ask the woman if she needed assistance, my gut said something quite different. Before she could escape I ran over to the presumed disabled car. A quick look in the rear seat confirmed my suspicions as there lay four-foot stalks of fragrant white lilies.
I asked the forty-something woman dressed in hospital scrubs what she thought she was doing. "I'm picking some flowers," she said. I told her that the flowers were a public display and on private property.
"Look,' I said to the culprit, "you look old enough to know the difference between taking some flowers and stealing". With that she closed the hood and got in her car and drove off.
Did I get her license plate number you ask? I sure did, and what a coincidence, it comes back as a forty-something year old Medway woman. Below is photo of the evidence of a damaged and destroyed lily plant the thief left behind. The plants take four years to reach their present height.
As the hour grew late, I watered the milk crate/ flower buckets on Central Street and returned home. Instinctivley I checked the honor jar of my Mudville Flower Stand as I noticed quite a few flower bunches were missing. The small amount of money in the jar did not add up to the missing number of flower bunches. I've been had was my first thought.
Sure enough on Wednesday an alert neighborly adult informed me that the thief, a local teenager, was the culprit. Both instances were reported to the Holliston Police. The next move concerning the teenager is mine to make. Do I call his parents, or press charges and let the problem become a police matter?