Pennsylvania florist’s shop robbed while owner was giving flowers to veterans


GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania florist’s shop was robbed earlier this month while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center, according to a report in the Tribune-Review.

The shop owner, Carrie South, says the thief made off with $1,400 from Bloomin’ Genius Exotic Flowers and Gifts in Greensburg.

She told the Tribune-Review she was handing out bouquets to veterans outside the Greensburg VA Primary Care Center on Oct. 11 when the theft happened. She was participating in a program called Petal It Forward, in which florists give away two bouquets — one for the person to keep and the other to give away.

When South returned to her shop, she noticed her bank envelope was missing.

She said her shop’s surveillance camera caught the man in action. Her only employee was distracted helping a customer.

She said Friday she hopes releasing the images will help catch the thief.