Would-be Valentine’s Day vendor stole plants from Old Jefferson Lowe’s: JPSO

An unscrupulous entrepreneur looking to make money this Valentine’s Day stole plants from an Old Jefferson home improvement store with plans to peddle them to folks in need of a gift for their sweetheart, according to authorities.

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy patrolling near the Lowe’s located at 121 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, saw a man carrying a garbage can filled with about 61 plants around 2 a.m. on Monday (Feb. 12), an arrest report said. The plants, worth about $440, had been taken from displays in front of the store.

The man, later identified as Matthews Wallace, 53, of New Orleans, admitted he’d stolen the plans in order to resell them as Valentine’s Day gifts, the report said.

A Lowe’s manager called to the scene reported similar early morning plant thefts from the store in recent months.

The deputy arrested Wallace, of the 8700 block of Apple Street in New Orleans, and booked him with theft valued under $1,000 and criminal trespassing, the report said.

Bond was set at $700. But Wallace was released Monday without having to pay bond because of crowding at the jail.

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