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Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens hit by thieves and vandals in the early morning hours.

Posted at 10:50 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 23:17:53-04

TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — Taylor police need your help finding the people responsible for damaging and stealing from the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The two people were seen on surveillance camera, walking throughout the conservatory taking and damaging whatever they please. The executive director, Erika Sanderson says this kind of destruction is disheartening.

"The night has a thousand eyes and somebody is always watching you," Sanderson said.

The Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been the target of vandals and thieves over the year, most recently just a few days ago.

"Pots being smashed, plants being stolen, carts being stolen and we’re a non-profit," Sanderson said.

Sanderson says this kind of mischief is disheartening and really puts a damper on the amount of hard work volunteers put in, and the money they’re now out.

"Our volunteers give so much time, energy and money, so I’d say at least over a thousand dollars," Sanderson said.

Taylor police are actively looking for the people responsible. Sanderson says they were at the conservatory around 5:15 am on August 18.

"Up to malicious activity is what I foresee and what I would call it," she said.

The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a non-profit. Everything from the plants to laying the bricks along the sidewalks is all done by volunteers, and countless hours of hard work. Sanderson says for someone to just come in and destroy the hard work of so many is a tough pill to swallow, especially since money they had in the kitty was going towards new projects.

"Now we have to use that money to replace what has been taken from us," Sanderson said.

If you have any information about the recent theft or damage done at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens call Taylor police.