Green-fin­gered van­dals caught on cam­era

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - GE­OFF VAUSE

The late-night gar­den­ing an­tics of five young ‘‘scum­bags’’ have been caught on cam­era.

Video sur­veil­lance at Forbes Panel and Paint, in Blen­heim, shows a group of young peo­ple walk­ing through the prop­erty and rip­ping pot plants from their new planters.

Owner Shaun Forbes had a mes­sage for the cul­prits.

‘‘Feel free to drop the plants back in, scum­bags, be­fore we give the video to po­lice,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re sure it’s just a bit of drunken fun, and it’s not the money, it’s the has­sle that an­noys me. It’s also steal­ing.’’

Fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous as­sault close to the Nel­son and Hutch­e­son St round­about, po­lice had re­cently asked Forbes to ex­tend the scope of his cam­eras to take in the in­ter­sec­tion, which he had done.

‘‘We’ve got pretty wide cov­er­age now,’’ he said.

The video showed the cul­prits en­ter­ing the prop­erty from Nel­son St and leave through Hutch­e­son St.

A few months prior to this in­ci­dent, Forbes’ son had parked his freshly painted Mazda Demio at the site while it was for sale.

It was badly van­dalised, with mir­rors ripped off, win­dows smashed and ‘‘foot­prints all over the boot and bon­net’’.

‘‘It was thou­sands of dol­lars in dam­age,’’ Forbes said.

PHOTO: GE­OFF VAUSE/STUFF

Shaun Forbes has boosted the sur­veil­lance cam­eras at his Blen­heim busi­ness to help catch law­break­ers.

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