Begonia burglar 

If you live on Detroit’s east side and are thinking of planting a blue spruce or cherry tree, you may want to hold off. About 90 Indian Village and Lafayette Park residents met with the 7th Precinct police commander last week to complain that birdbaths, sprinklers, hanging baskets, lawn furniture, bushes and dozens of other garden items have been stolen from their yards recently.

Anne Scott, who lives in Lafayette Park, organized the meeting after surveying the neighborhood.

“Someone took my planter,” says Scott. “I asked around and it seemed a lot of people were missing things. We know this sounds like petty theft, but it’s a quality-of-life issue.”

During a 90-minute meeting with Cmdr. Chester Logan, residents ticked off items taken by the “begonia burglar.”

Scott said she was disappointed with Logan’s response.

“He talked about the lack of resources the city has, how big the precinct is and how much serious crime there is, which we understand” she said. “But we are dissatisfied because we didn’t feel we got much commitment from him that we would get more police presence.”

But Logan told News Hits he is going to increase patrols with bike units. “Once put in place we will meet again until we get this taken care of,” he said.

Residents are scheduled to meet with Logan Aug. 16. Let’s hope by then they weed out the culprit.

Ann Mullen contributed to News Hits, which is edited by Curt Guyette. He can be reached at 313-202-8004 or

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