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‘Brazen Botanist’ sentenced to jail for plant thefts

/ 01:27 PM October 20, 2018

In this May 16, 2018, still image from surveillance video released by the Salem Police Department, Joseph Gardner removes hanging plants from a porch in Salem, Massachusetts. (Salem Police Department via AP)

SALEM, Massachusetts — A Massachusetts man who police dubbed the “Brazen Botanist” after he was captured on a surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch has pleaded guilty.

The Salem News reports 43-year-old Joseph Gardner was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail.

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Police say a man was seen on a doorbell camera taking hanging plants from a Salem home at around 1:30 a.m. on May 16.

Tips to police lead them to Gardner’s girlfriend’s home where they found two of the three missing plants.

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Police recovered the plants and returned them to the owner. Gardner was arrested in August.

Gardner’s attorney says he had been working as a landscaper before his arrest.

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