New plants put in ground after thieves took plants from Roy Maas emergency shelter

Thieves stole $1,000 worth of plants at shelter in 2 incidents

By Troy Blevins - Online Editor
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SAN ANTONIO - The landscape at Roy Maas Youth Alternatives is looking new again.

In June, thieves stole $1,000 worth of plants at the Bridge Emergency Shelter in two incidents.

Thanks to generous donations, the organization put $1,500 worth of new plants in the ground.

"We feel a lot more comfortable putting the plants out now because the building is totally occupied," said Bill Wilkinson, CEO of Roy Maas. "We have cameras, lights. There's always cars. So we think it's not going to be as inviting of a target."

Back in June, surveillance video caught a couple of people driving up in a truck, taking the plants out of the ground and then driving off.

The two, believed to have been responsible for both incidents, have not been caught.

Wilkinson said the city requires a certain amount of landscaping to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

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