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Recognize this guy? Police say he stole flowers from gravesites

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There's stealing ... and there's really low-down stealing.

Police in Moorhead released a photo Thursday of a man suspected of a crime that would fit the latter category.

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The police department's statement says the surveillance photo above was taken while the man was stealing potted flowers from graves at Riverside Cemetery.

The theft happened on Saturday, June 5, police say, at about 1:30 in the afternoon and the suspect drove off in a silver car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Moorhead police at 701-451-7660.

Flower thefts at cemeteries

While it's not unheard of for flowers or plants to be stolen from cemeteries, it seems to be pretty rare.

A major theft in California this year included the loss of brass and plastic vases worth about $12,000. The cemetery's funeral director told the Napa Valley Register that was a one-time incident.

But small-scale stealing may be more common. The Register spoke with a woman who said the silk flowers she leaves at her husband's crypt have been stolen so often that she's taken to leaving less expensive ones or none at all.

"I'm trying to get through every day as it is ... I don't need this drama," said the woman who asked to remain anonymous.

Jill Callison wrote an essay for the Sioux Fall Argus Leader after planters of live flowers she'd left on her parents' headstone were stolen on Memorial Day.

Amid her anger, Callison found one bit of solace in noticing those who go in the other direction – leaving flowers at the gravesites of strangers. In particular she noted the fresh flowers left at the gravestone of Ida Christopher, a girl who died more than 12 decades ago at the age of 2.

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