BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – More than 150 Venus Flytraps stolen from a community garden in Boiling Spring Lakes will be replaced.
The caretaker for the Stanley Rehder Garden in Wilmington has made arrangements to replace all the plants and restore the garden to its natural state.
The recent theft of the plants from a community garden in Boiling Spring Lakes marks the third time this year that poachers have targeted our area.
Members of the Boiling Spring Lakes Garden Club say the bog garden at the community center was struck by poachers sometime between September 14 and October 14.
Ironically, the fly traps were actually moved to that location several months ago to prevent robberies like this from happening out in the wild.
Now, Judy Thuer, from the garden club says they're taking extra steps to make sure this doesn't happen again.
"All of this white sand was full of fly traps," said Thuer. "They only grow in this area. We are a phenomenon and it's a shame people are raiding us, especially to a little garden club like us. It's tragic. It really is."
Thuer says most of the people who use the garden are children who come to learn.
"This bog garden has been a big hit with the kids and that's their education," said Thuer. "That's teaching them about where they live."
The garden club plans to monitor the garden and protect it from potential poachers.
Due to limited resources, they can only do so much. Meanwhile, the garden club is asking the police department to install cameras for added surveillance.
Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief, Brad Shirley says fly traps are a popular item to steal because poachers know they are an easy target in this area.
If you have any information regarding this robbery, contact the Boiling Spring Lakes police department.
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