PEQUANNOCK, New Jersey — A sticky-fingered florist has been arrested for repeatedly stealing graveside flowers and plants from a cemetery in New Jersey, cops said.
Lynda Wingate, 59, of Riverdale has been charged with theft of moveable property.
Pequannock Township police say that after receiving numerous complaints about stolen lowers at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains, they decided to replace some pilfered plants and place surveillance cameras nearby to see what would happen.
Sure enough, cops say that within two days the plants were gone and a review of the surveillance footage revealed a woman driving up in a silver minivan and taking off with the plants.
Unfortunately for Wingate, officers recognized her as a former police dispatcher who now owned a flower shop in town.
Police say Wingate claimed she was just removing old flowers from graves of people she knew, but investigators didn’t buy her story. At the same time, they said there was no evidence that she attempted to re-sell any of the plants she allegedly stole.