Cops investigate bizarre case of swiped orchid

March 23, 2010 11:28:12 AM PDT
Police in Pasadena are investigating a bizarre case of theft that resembles an unusual kidnapping. A man received a ransom note for a stolen orchid. A homeowner in the 4000 block of Dogwood Hill went outside around 8am on Thursday and made the bizarre discovery. According to Pasadena Police spokesperson Vance Mitchell, the man saw a note written in green marker taped to his door reading, 'If you want your plant back, call 409-XXX-XXXX.' No further demands were given.

The missing plant was a rare Hawaiian orchid in a red ceramic pot. The plant is valued at $60.

Mitchell adds that thieves struck at a house next door. That homeowner reported receiving a note on similar paper, but written in red marker. It read, 'I took ur Mr. Wiggles if u want him call this number,' which had the same 409 prefix as the other note. The police report doesn't mention a value on Mr. Wiggles, or specify who or what he may be.

Police had gotten a suspicious person report a day prior. A man and woman were reportedly seen getting out of a vehicle and going up to houses, including the one where the orchid was taken. When police went to check out the report, they didn't find anybody, Mitchell says.

Calls to the number have not been answered.


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