Blytheville seeing a rash of plant thefts

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Downtown businesses and organizations have had several plants stolen from in front of the buildings.

Main Street Blytheville,  downtown businesses and the Mississippi County Master Gardener program sponsor the 30-35 flower beds that line Main Street as part of a city beautification project.

"Our planter boxes have been on our Main Street since the early 1970's, and it was an effort to make Main Street more pedestrian friendly and more beautiful," said Main Street Blytheville Executive Director Megan Atzert. "We had over 30 go missing and we have no idea who's taking them or why they are taking them."

Potted plants at Farmer's Bank & Trust and knockout roses at the corner of Main and Broadway are some of the flowers that have disappeared among the annual and perennial plants.

"(The knockout roses are) probably the most expensive plants in the beds," said Mississippi County Master Gardener President Susie Langston. "(We do) hours of back breaking volunteer work and we have a great group of people that really devote their free time."

Business owners also contribute to funding for the project.

"The merchants have helped with the funding for revitalizing the beds. Master gardeners have brought plants from our own gardens," said Master Gardener Mylinda Nelson. "We're glad that people are interested in beautifying, but if they would join us, we could all work together."

Langston said police would try to patrol Main Street after business hours.

Anyone with information about the flowers can call the Blytheville Police Department at (870) 762-0405.

For more information about the Mississippi County Master Gardener program call the Mississippi County Cooperative Extension Service at (870) 762-2075 or click here.

Click here to visit the Mississippi County Master Gardener Facebook page.

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