Red rose robber relieves florist shop of stems, but not cash

April 07, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Maybe it was a crime of passion.

Early yesterday morning, someone broke into a downtown Bel Air flower shop and stole more than a dozen red roses.

Laura Flowers said the thief made off with the booty from her husband's store, Dale Flowers Florist, in the 100 block of N. Main St. after throwing a pot through the glass front door.

"Whoever did it took white roses and dropped them in the path leading to the door they had broken," said Flowers, whose husband's family has owned the store since 1969. "They led right up to the broken glass."

She said no money was taken.

The break-in, discovered by police at 6: 30 a.m., came as a shock to the couple.

"There are always people driving down Main Street that time of day," Flowers said.

Flowers said she is relieved that they had to endure only shattered glass -- and a few good-natured jokes.

"Everybody's making jokes about it, saying maybe [the thief's] wife was mad at him or something," she said.

"I think we were just really lucky."

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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