One Texas nursery is emotion nan brunt of America's crime surge – Garden Seventeen successful Austin, Texas has suffered from 4 abstracted robberies successful 2 months, amassing to $49,000 successful stolen goods.
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"It's been really difficult. Everything from merchandise disappearing to harm to our shop itself. Each clip he seems to get a small spot much possibly fierce aliases brazen successful his actions. It's been beautiful difficult," proprietor Rodney Stoutenger explained during his quality connected "Mornings pinch Maria," Friday.
Garden Seventeen's 4th robbery took spot connected February 20th – and nan proprietor is patient that nan drawstring of robberies points backmost to a azygous perpetrator.
"It is nan aforesaid person, for illustration you tin spot successful immoderate of nan videos there, it's nan aforesaid feline complete and complete again. And he's capable to, you tin spot successful a fewer of nan videos he's sewage very unique tattoos connected his neckline and baseline and such. And each clip it's nan same," he explained to big Maria Bartiromo.
Seen supra is nan suspected culprit wandering astir Garden Seventeen aft hours. The nursery has been robbed 4 different times successful nan past 2 months. (Garden Seventeen) (Garden Seventeen / FOXBusiness)
The shop proprietor continued, noting that immoderate surrounding section businesses person helped Garden Seventeen successful providing their information resources to thief pinpoint nan apt repetition offender.
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"There's a fewer different section businesses pinch america who we've each benignant of shared our information footage together arsenic well, and we've been capable to place him successful their spaces arsenic well. So, you know, I'm really hoping that this is this conscionable comes to an extremity soon," he said Friday.
Seen supra is nan 4 abstracted dates that Garden Seventeen successful Austin, Texas was robbed. The drawstring of robberies took spot complete 2 months, pinch nan astir caller robbery occurring connected February 20th 2023. (FOX Business / FOXBusiness)
In an effort to further forestall regular theft, Garden Seventeen proprietor is doing "everything" he tin to ward disconnected criminals, including adding further lighting and surveillance cameras astir his business property.
"Unfortunately, we're having to break down displays and put them inside, which intends labour to re-set them up nan adjacent day," nan shop proprietor said Friday.
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"We're doing things for illustration adding further lighting on our perimeter, hoping that that will deter him. We've gotten, you know, astir six further cameras added successful At this point. We're… readying to adhd astir different 6 to 8 connected nan spot arsenic we proceed to learn areas of vulnerability for us."
Stoutenger concluded, remarking that pinch Garden Seventeen's ongoing information adjustments and repairs, nan financial retribution for nan crimes has risen to "about $54,000."
"We've calculated up to astir $49,000 astatine this constituent owed to nan astir caller 1 conscionable a mates of days ago. As we proceed to make those adjustments and repairs, I would opportunity we're up to astir $54,000 astatine this point, unfortunately. And, you know, it's a difficult 1 hopping around. We're still waiting connected security reimbursements and such and being a mini business, being retired that overmuch rate is really difficult for a mini business for illustration us," Stoutenger said.
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