Stolen bonsais recovered

Owner thanks bonsai thieves for the lesson

UPDATE: Raids on two Tewantin properties have brought back bonsais which their dedicated owners thought were lost for good.

The Daily on Saturday reported the theft of 30 bonsais from Hamish and Annabel Dods' Noosaville yard and another seven from Peter and Anita Baynes' Tewantin yard.

Both thefts had occurred on Wednesday last week and left their owners distraught at their loss of their propagated creations.

Stolen bonsai plants are recovered from Noosa Police Station today.
Stolen bonsai plants are recovered from Noosa Police Station today. Warren Lynam

But a tip-off to Crime Stoppers at the weekend led to police yesterday seizing 77 bonsai plants from one Tewantin property and another 12 from a different Tewantin property.

Mr Dods ducked out of work to pick up his plants after receiving good news from police this morning.

He had thought about leaving it until the end of the day but couldn't bear the thought of the plants suffering from exposure or lack of water.

"I honestly had written them off," Mr Dods said.

He recovered 24 out of the 30 that were taken last week.

They included one he and his wife had been given as a wedding present in 2003.

He was impressed by people's reaction to the initial story of the theft.

Strangers called him offering him trees and pots.

"I've got to thank the thieves.

"They have introduced me to people I've never met and they have also taught me about security."

Mr Baynes was also relieved to get back his plants, some of which were nearly 40 years old.

"I'm extremely thankful to everybody who got involved," Mr Baynes said.

He said he would re-pot his plants, water them and give them a spruce up.

"Now I will have to give them a Christmas present."

Noosa Criminal Investigation Branch officer Detective Senior Constable Chris Lawson said a 29-year-old Tewantin man and a 33-year-old Tewantin man had been charged with stealing and property offences over the thefts.

Det Snr Const Lawson was grateful for information received from the public that led to the arrests.

EARLIER: Police have seized nearly 90 bonsai plants from two Tewantin properties.

Noosa Criminal Investigation Branch officer Detective Senior Constable Chris Lawson said a 29-year-old Tewantin man was charged with stealing after 77 bonsai plants were seized from his property.

A 33-year-old Tewantin man was also charged after another 12 bonsais were seized from another Tewantin property.

The raids were conducted yesterday as a result of information received by Crime Stoppers.

The Daily on Saturday reported the thefts of bonsais from two growers in the Noosa area.

Det Snr Const Lawson said he was getting in touch with people who had recently had bonsais stolen to come to identify the seized plants.

Investigations into the thefts are continuing.



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