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SLCPD asks public for tips to solve burglaries at two local floral shops

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 14:31:20-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Two Salt Lake City floral shops are recovering after being burglarized in the same week.

Twigs Flower Company and Native Flower Company sit just two miles apart in the Sugar House and Highland Park neighborhoods... Both broken into in the same week and still looking for answers.

“A brick had been thrown through the glass and I went in to find we’ve been burglarized,” said Native Flower Company owner Pamela Olson.

Olson said the burglary at her shop happened on the morning of February 17, during a big snow storm.

“I drove past the side of the building and glanced back at the tent, which had collapsed under the snow, and so it was already a bummer of a morning and then glanced back and saw the door was wide open,” Olson said.

She discovered the burglar had gone into the office and shuffled through the file cabinet, taking every piece of paper including business files, personal employee files as well as gift cards and some cash.

“It’s created a mountain of headaches just to keep going, especially after the stress, the logistical nightmare which is Valentine’s Day. To have this on top of it is just really hard,” Olson said.

Twigs Flower Company had a similar experience just five days earlier, two days before Valentine’s Day.

“There couldn’t possibly be a worse time to break into a flower shop,” King told FOX 13.

King said the shop’s back door was ripped off, computers stolen, the phone lines cut and the store was trashed.

“The computers were more than 10 years old. What do you do with an old computer?” King said.

Members of the community have helped King recover about 70 percent of his losses.

“They helped us clean the store, write letters, write notes up, get arrangements prepped,” King said.

Both shops are now back in business, but Salt Lake City Police say they have no leads and are asking the community for help.

Anyone with surveillance footage other information that may help police solve the burglaries is asked to contact SLCPD at 801-799-3000 or send an anonymous tip via text message to 274637.