Thief on bike steals two large potted plants from home of retired police officer in Bury St Edmunds
A thief on a bike stole two large potted plants in the early hours from outside the Bury St Edmunds home of a retired police officer.
Eric Hopes, 88, said two sage ceramic pots containing two potted hydrangeas were stolen from the front door step of his home in Garland Street between 11.15pm on Wednesday and 8am yesterday.
However, the thief didn't get very far with all of his haul after a neighbour heard a crash at about 1am and saw a man on a bike with the flower pots smashed in the road.
The man rode off along Garland Street in the direction of Looms Lane.
The smashed pots were found in the road but the plants were missing.
Mr Hopes, who was a police officer for 40 years, said he was 'disappointed and angry' at the theft but thought there was a slight comical element to it if the culprit thought he could make off on a bike with two large plants in ceramic pots.
"He put them on his bicycle and lasted about 20 yards," he said.
"It was just an opportunist. You like to think that will never happen again."
He had the plants for about a month and, together with the pots, were worth about £76.
Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police quoting reference 37/29270/21.