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Homeowners at wit's end say 'La Fleur de Bandit' is stealing their plants

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For the second spring in a row, people are stealing flowers and other plants right out of their beds in Midtown Atlanta.

The thieves are striking at all times of day.

At one home on Myrtle Street, two medium-sized ferns were stolen just before 3 p.m. Monday.

Twelve hours earlier, another man took two small flowers from a home just a few doors down.

That man was also caught on camera, and when he came back Tuesday morning, the homeowners were ready.

"We were actually waiting at the window at 3:30 in the morning, we anticipated he was going to come out," said Elston Collins.

Collins ran out of the house yelling at the man, who fled up the street. Collins jumped in his car to see if he could chase him down but lost him.

Other people living on streets near Collins also had missing flowers. Maureen Brady had just put in marigolds at her son's home on Penn Avenue. One of the larger ones was taken.

"Apart from anything else, it's not expensive; no, that's not the point. The point is you can't trust. You can't have other people enjoy what you try to do to make your home attractive. I value other people's property and I expect everyone should do the same," said Brady.

Many gardeners say their options are limited.

They could plant closer to their homes, as those flowers don't often get taken, or they could put in more plants with thorns to discourage theft.

Last year, Collins went with a sign telling the thieves they were caught on camera and to stop stealing his flowers, and they complied.

He says he may have to make a new sign for this year.

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