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Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 23:25
ANTHONY, N.M. — Residents of the Cielo Dorado Estates woke up Saturday morning to discover hundreds of dollars worth of cacti had been stolen overnight.
Some residents had bought and planted their cacti two days prior to them being stolen.
"Somebody came and hit at least three houses in the neighborhood and took specifically saguaros and golden barrels," said Brian Hartman, who paid more than $500 for his cacti.
Stolen from hartman's front yard were a total of 4 saguaros and 5 golden barrels.
"They're a $100 to $120 a foot," Hartman said. "So they are very expensive plants to come by."
Two of his neighbors also had the same type of cacti stolen from their property.
Hartman and his neighbors have filed a report with the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office.
He says sheriff's are working with the vendor to help figure out why these specific plants were stolen and to see if he might know anything.
Hartman had a warning for anyone looking for desert landscaping.
"If their not through a nursery, if there's anybody pulling up with a truck or any landscaper and they want to sell you specific saguaros or barrels be careful cause look what happened to us."