Mother’s Day is just over two weeks from now, and those who customarily say it with flowers may want to opt for chocolates when they learn where at least one florist is getting her roses.
According to NJ.com, 59-year-old flower shop owner Lynda S. Wingate of Riverdale has been charged with stealing flowers from a grave at a nearby cemetery.
In response to thefts of flowers, plants and other items from First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains over the past few months, surveillance cameras were installed in the area on April 21….
Two days later, the property managers at the cemetery contacted detectives to report the plants they’d replaced were missing, police said.
The video captured a woman approach the location in a silver minivan and remove the plants, police said.
A news release cited by the article indicates that Wingate, who owns Lyncrafts & Floral Designs, was arrested on a charge of theft of moveable property.
As grotesque as this crime might seem, it pales next to a 2014 report of a woman captured on video stealing toys from a baby’s grave.
As for Wingate, police say they have no evidence that she was reselling the flowers and plants she filched.