Man caught on camera stealing cactus branch from outside boutique in Swanbourne

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People living and working in Perth’s wealthy western suburbs might have good reason to worry about criminals stealing expensive jewellery or cars – but plants?

Security vision has captured the bizarre moment a man pulls up into a driveway outside a boutique in the beachside suburb of Swanbourne, then moves towards the property with a machete.

Watch the bizarre theft in the video above

The victim of his stealth attack was a $2000 cactus sitting outside the boutique.

The CCTV shows the man carving up the branches of the cactus and loading them into the back of his sedan before driving off.

The brazen robbery took place on Sunday around 5.45pm at the Ginger Owl, a lifestyle and homewares boutique on North Street.

“He just gets out a machete and he’s gone,” WA Police Senior Sergeant Peter Gilmour told PerthNow.

A man has carved branches off a cactus outside a Swanbourne boutique. Credit: WA Police

A small sedan was also captured on CCTV pulling up to a home in Floreat on Friday.

A man carrying a bucket and shovel dug up three cacti from a home on Tullow Road, estimated to be worth around $300.

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‘He just gets out a machete and he’s gone.’

On Saturday, the same offender stole a $350 cactus and tried to rip up another from the same home sometime between 8pm and 2.45am the next morning.

The offender is described as having a fair complexion, tall, solid build, wearing a dark hooded top, and equipped with a machete, spade, gloves, and a bucket.

The cactus thief was captured on CCTV.
The cactus thief was captured on CCTV. Credit: WA Police

He was driving a small, light-coloured sedan.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on the cactus thefts to come forward.

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