LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A Lawton couple is scratching their heads for answers after someone stole their crepe myrtle trees from their front yard, and the couple caught the whole thing on camera.
Their surveillance video shows a man walk into the couple's front yard early Monday morning, bend down next to the crepe myrtle and begin to pull it up out of the ground. Sheila Fountain, the homeowner, said she believes the suspect had a car parked at the abandoned house across the street and was in and out of her yard in about 15 minutes.
The couple doesn't have much to go on, but they've heard other reports of plants being stolen from homes, so they hope the grainy images can help provide them with answers to who may have done this.
Fountain says when her husband got up to run errands Monday morning, he noticed that all three of the trees were gone, so they turned to their home surveillance camera for answers. What they saw led them to contact the police.
"I was in total shock. I can see people disappear with potted plants, yard decorations, but to come in an actually pull the plants out of the yard. That takes some real courage I guess you'd say," Fountain said.
Fountain says a closer look at the surveillance video showed the same person pacing back and forth outside her home before he took the trees. She believes the thief was trying to figure out a way to disconnect the light on the surveillance camera so it wouldn't come on when he took the plants from her yard. Fountain says she's not exactly sure why something like this would happen to her and her husband, but she has a message for the person who took her trees.
"Well, first I hope the crepe myrtles die. Other than that I don't know. I don't know if they're trying to make a living or what, but it's so strange. It obviously had to be canvassed because they came in and the light so it wasn't lit up in color on the video," Fountain said.
Fountain says she's not sure if there's a plant stealing operation going on, but offers this advice to her neighbors just in case.
"Need to be vigilant. I would advise that they go get a video system and put it up on their houses. I mean, I don't know what they'll take next," Fountain said.
Fountain says she's had the surveillance system for about eight months and never had to use it until this week. She says it cost her and her husband more than $300 to replace the crepe myrtles.