Police search for vandals who damaged Preston greenhouse

New London

PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH)– When workers at Hart’s Greenhouses in Preston came into work Monday morning they noticed something wasn’t quite right.

Some of the mums had started to wilt. When they looked a little closer they found out why.

On the greenhouse’s Facebook page the owners said “… someone trespassed onto our Preston farm and purposely and maliciously cut hundreds of our drip tubes (with either scissors or a very sharp knife).”

They suspect it happened during the company picnic which was mentioned on facebook because they closed early Sunday for it.

“It’s sad to hear that somebody actually vandalized it or stole even from them,” said Zachem whose nearby Lu-Mac’s Package Store was burglarized last year. “Luckily they didn’t destroy more while they were there.”

Still it took two workers five hours to replace the damaged lines and they suspect it took the vandals some time too.

The owners wrote “This was not a quick and easy task, someone had to have spent a good amount of time doing this.”

The irrigation tubes deliver water and fertilizer to the hanging and patio plants. The system helps conserve water because that water goes exactly where it needs to go.

“You just got to be vigilant and hopefully townspeople keep an eye on your property for you,” said Zachem.

State police are trying to track down the vandals.

They’re not sure but they did see that they were cut and they had to be replaced.

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