Retailer hit by thieves

£500 reward offered for information on Suffolk garden centre break in

A garden centre owner is offering a £500 reward following a break-in, during which thieves stole more than £3,000 worth of plants. Police have described the break-in at Bentley Plants, near Ipswich, Suffolk, as “professional” and are warning other garden centres in the area to be on the alert if offered goods at knock-down prices. Nursery owner Richard Pooley said stock taken included a large selection of plants, including olive trees, acers and palm trees, plus other shrubs and grasses. He said: “I have had other break-ins, but this was on a different level. This time, they took more than £3,000 worth of stuff. It is not a big proportion of my stock — it’s just the fact that someone took it. “I have a fence, a ditch and another fence — and they are quite high fences. It’s just impossible to stop, really,” he added. Police investigators discovered van tracks outside the nursery and have warned that the thieves will be aiming to offload the goods, probably locally, as soon as possible. # Anyone with information is asked to call local police on 01473 613500. Pooley’s telephone number is 01473 312255.

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