Thief caught on camera stealing church topiary

Thief caught on camera stealing church topiary

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany minister is hoping to get a planter and topiary back after it was stolen from their church.

The theft was caught by a surveillance camera, and was posted on Facebook in hopes of the thief would return the church's property.

The thief took the plant right off the front porch of Westwood Church around nine on Wednesday November 5th.

The church minister says they had just wrapped up Wednesday service when it happened.

However it was about a week later before the minister noticed the plant was missing.

"I came in, and asked some people if they knew where it was and looked around thinking someone had moved it, and no one knew anything about it so we went and checked our security cameras and found someone stole it," says minister Matt Matthews.

You can see the thief drive away in a car.

Matt Matthews says the plant had special meaning.

"The plant and topiary were purchased in memory of one of our members..our founding members, Gary Barton. He loved the outside and died about a year and a half ago," say Matthews.

And he's not mad, but would like to see the plant returned to the church.

"Just disappointing, loved to have it back because it meant something to the church family because of who it represented," he says.

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