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Eight ‘priceless’ BONSAI trees are stolen from volunteer garden in crime-ridden Oakland – the fourth such theft in two years – as California city’s progressive

A volunteer-run garden in Oakland has been stolen from for the fourth time in two years, losing eight ‘priceless’ bonsai trees, as the mayor and district attorney of the city are both facing recall efforts over crime.

Thieves broke through the wall of the Bonsai Garden in Lake Merritt, California, twice on Wednesday evening and Thursday early morning, making off with eight bonsai trees worth approximately $20,000 in total.

‘While you can put a dollar amount on these trees, they are technically priceless because you’ll never find another tree like them,’ Suzanne Muller, the garden’s assistant director, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Despite wooden walls, metal fences and a surveillance camera, the thieves managed to break into the garden and steal the trees, including a hinoki cypress that was about 100 years old.

The theft of the bonsai trees adds to the city’s soaring crime records, which documented 15,000 vehicles stolen last year and criminals striking gas stations a dozen times or more per day.

 

Security camera footage shows thieves entered the Bonsai Garden in Lake Merritt, California, on Wednesday night

Security camera footage shows thieves entered the Bonsai Garden in Lake Merritt, California, on Wednesday night

The thieves returned again Thursday early morning, making off with eight bonsai trees worth approximately $20,000 in total

The thieves returned again Thursday early morning, making off with eight bonsai trees worth approximately $20,000 in total

Despite wooden walls, metal fences, and a surveillance camera, the thieves managed to break into the garden and steal the trees, including a hinoki cypress that was about 100 years old

Despite wooden walls, metal fences, and a surveillance camera, the thieves managed to break into the garden and steal the trees, including a hinoki cypress that was about 100 years old

Security camera footage shows thieves entered the garden at around 9:20 pm on Wednesday and then again after 4 am on Thursday.  

The eight bonsai trees include small hand-sized trees that the thieves were able to carry out through the fence, the garden’s curator Gary Tom told KTVU

They attempted to take a ninth tree, a 60-pound redwood, but it was too large to fit through the hole in

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