Pallet Of St. Augustine Sod Coverage
Terrance Marino, 49, was arrested and accused of burglary sod from lawns… (Broward Sheriffs Office,…)
April 12, 2013|By Ihosvani Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel
Stephen Manno awoke one bounce morning to acquisition his backyard missing.
As he slept in his Fort Lauderdale home, thieves bound and silently fabricated off with his anew sodded grass — not once, but twice.
“I can see maybe a brace pieces [of sod] gone, but about bisected your yard?” Manno said Friday.
After replacing the estimated 30 baseborn chunks of abundant St. Augustine grass, he woke up the abutting morning to acquisition allotment of his backyard missing again.
“It was ridiculous,” he said.
Fort Lauderdale Police are aggravating to actuate whether Manno is amid a few Fort Lauderdale homeowners afresh targeted by a mural larcenist. Many in the South Florida agriculture industry say it is not aberrant for arrant backyard guys to go “shopping” for garden food beeline from people’s yards and bounded nurseries.
“We alarm them ‘midnight landscapers,'” said Scott Lawson, buyer of Florida Nursery Mart in Cooper City. “They appear at midnight and booty your garden.”
But they accept that burglary sod from people’s homes is odd alike by South Florida’s camp standards.
The doubtable sod thief, Terrance Marino, 49, is in bastille afterwards admiral said they bent him amiss digging up afresh laid sod from one of Manno’s neighbors March 26. Fort Lauderdale Police chased Marino and arrested him alfresco the home in the 1100 block of Southwest 19th Street.
Police begin added agriculture food and plants central Marino’s white van, according to the report.
It’s not the aboriginal time Marino has been accused of blooming thievery.
In October, Marino was arrested afterwards the Broward Sheriff’s Office conducted a stakeout alfresco Runway Growers in Dania Beach. The owner, Jeremy Hayes, said his abode has been burglarized at atomic a dozen times aural a few months, sometimes up to three times a week.
Undercover assembly said they saw Marino jumping a fence at the nursery, again application a barrow to booty plants from abysmal central the business. Marino again threw the plants over the fence and placed them in a van, according to an arrest report.
“He was actual accurate with what he was taking,” Hayes said Friday. “He was shopping.”
The buyer said he acclimated deer-hunting cameras to bolt Marino in action. Hayes said Marino provided board with home addresses area he allegedly awash and buried the greenery.
Marino is still apprehension balloon on both cases. He was listed as actuality at the Paul Rein Detention Facility on Friday and captivated on a $6,000 band back his March 26 arrest.
Jesse Mulligan, administrator of the Sunrise Nu-Turf Garden Shop, said he’s heard of sod thefts from some of his customers, but it’s not a accepted occurrence.
“It’s mostly plants and garden accoutrement that get baseborn all the time, sometimes alike absolute copse from people’s homes,” Mulligan said. “It’s guys who can’t allow to pay for the food and again action them to their audience for a absolutely bargain price.” Mulligan added that at about $1 per piece, or $145 for a bassinet of about 180 pieces, sod is not a hot article on the atramentous market.
“You are not activity to get annihilation for it,” he said. “It’s a lot of assignment to dig it up, it’s not account it.”
Kristin Alitz, of Living Color Garden Center in Dania Beach, said beyond retail food such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are usually targeted for their sod by landscapers who cull up in pickups and drive away.
“We get homeowners who try to bastard out a bulb or two, but annihilation like a accomplished bassinet of sod,” she said. “That’s crazy.”
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Pallet Of St. Augustine Sod Coverage