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Midtown residents say porch thefts on the rise

Dozens of neighbors in the midtown area said their lawn items have been targeted by thieves, and they're fed up. (KTUL)

Dozens of neighbors in the midtown area said their lawn items have been targeted by thieves, and they're fed up.

John Hall lives just off Lewis near 15th.

A couple of weeks ago, he said someone stole two potted plants with pine trees in them from his front porch.

"I went out there because I was looking to see if we needed to water anything, and they were gone," said Hall.

The whole thing was caught on surveillance video.

In the video, two people, who appear to be women, are seen walking up to Hall's porch, grab the potted plants and walk off.

"Who steals plants?" said Hall.

It's the same question dozens of people in and around Hall's neighborhood have been asking lately.

Donna Meier lives a couple of miles away from Hall and said the problem is getting worse.

"In the last three months, it's been crazy..there are things all the time that are missing," said Meier.

A few weeks back, someone stole two concrete pots from her front lawn.

"And I came out to water one morning, it was a Saturday morning, and they were just not here. They'd been here for almost 18 years," said Meier.

Meir said the list of stolen items is growing..

Everything from potted plants to statues, all taken from homes around the area.

"A lot of people just don't want to set stuff outside anymore," said Meier. "People are angry. They don't want to set it out because they're expecting it to get ripped off."

Meier and others have filed reports, but she said they know the police already have a lot to deal with.

So they're hoping to spread the word as much as they can, warning people to be on the lookout.

"We need anyone who knows anything to say something. To call Crime Stoppers, to call the police," said Meier.

Meier and the others plan to meet with police soon to talk about the problem.

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