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Plant thieves strike Gainesville dentist office
Security camera catches images of theft; police seek suspects
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When Dr. Kris Jorgensen went outside of her Legacy Family Dentistry office on Shallowford Road last month, she noticed some of her plants were missing.

“You’re used to seeing the same stuff everyday, so it didn’t catch my attention until I started looking,” Jorgensen said.

After checking around and scanning through her security cameras on May 14, Jorgensen found two people had taken her hostas right out of the ground.

“Right on the video camera, you can see them,” she said. “About 8:30 at night, a man and a woman came in a van and took all of our decorations out front.”

The man in the video, Jorgensen said, can be seen going around the back of the building and looking “very comfortable.”

“He looked like he had been there a time or two, very comfortable like he owned the place,” Jorgensen said. “Talking on the phone and manually pulling up a bunch of hostas.”

Jorgensen reported the theft of the plants that day to Gainesville police. Among the stolen items were 10 hosta plants, a plant stand, a sprinkler head and two decorative planters.

The police department posted the security footage to Facebook on Wednesday.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said the department has two persons of interest but no one has been charged.

Jorgensen said the heartwarming aspect of the whole situation was when a patient came in and gave her a potted flowering hosta.

“Patients bringing me plants ... those are the kinds of people really that are up here in Gainesville,” she said. “I think the people who came to take my plants are not your typical Gainesvillians. That’s not just the kind of community we have.”

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