A Wrexham gardener has spoken of his shock after a video of a man stealing roses from his garden went viral.
On Wednesday Wrexham.com launched an appeal to find a man who we dubbed “The Wrexham Rose Thief” after spotting the video titled “You’ve been caught red handed” on Youtube.
The CCTV footage, recorded at 1.50am on July 15th, shows a man wearing a cap. a white top and shorts hovering outside the gardener’s house holding a carrier bag, before approaching his garden and tearing off a bunch of roses.
Since our appeal launched the story has spread worldwide and the video has received 16,000 hits, even featuring on the Daily Telegraph website and today we received a call from the homeowner who posted the footage and he spoke of his shock at the amount of attention the video has received.
The man, who lives in the Wrexham area. said that he wishes to remain anonymous, but was happy to speak to us about the video, he said “We initially put it up to name and shame the man who took the roses and see if anyone from Wrexham recognised him.”
“However, since then it’s received 16,000 hits appeared in The Daily Telegraph, and I’ve had calls from American and Australian news agencies.”
“We even had a call from America’s Dumbest Criminals who want to feature it on the show!”
He explained how he came across the footage on his CCTV system, he said “My mother in law is currently staying in the area and noticed that our rose bush had been damaged.”
“I had a look at the CCTV footage and we found the footage of this man taking the roses. I have an old fashioned attitude that you should respect people’s property so we decided to name and shame him by putting it on Youtube.”
“We haven’t complained to the police about it though.”
The video can be watched in full below: