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SPD: Flower shop proves ownership of disputed planter

Posted: Updated: Oct 22, 2013 07:50 PM CDT
Bridget Vasko, 45 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Bridget Vasko, 45 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Angela Melton says this is her family's frog planter, seen here sitting on the sales floor at Flower Power on Youree Dr. in Shreveport., but police say it's not. (Source: Angela Melton/Facebook) Angela Melton says this is her family's frog planter, seen here sitting on the sales floor at Flower Power on Youree Dr. in Shreveport., but police say it's not. (Source: Angela Melton/Facebook)
Flower Power owner Cathy Zahn says this inventory sheet shows the UPC code that proves the frog planter on her sales floor is theirs. (Source: Cathy Zahn/Flower Power) Flower Power owner Cathy Zahn says this inventory sheet shows the UPC code that proves the frog planter on her sales floor is theirs. (Source: Cathy Zahn/Flower Power)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Police say a planter found on the sales floor of a local flower shop is not the one that was allegedly snatched from a Springlake woman's yard late last week.

Delivery driver 45-year-old Bridget Vasko is still charged with misdemeanor theft, after witnesses were able to give police her description and the license plate number of the Flower Power van  seen backing into the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Woodmere Dr. on October 17. Vasko allegedly took two decorative garden planters out of the yard.

The property owner filed a report with police. While witnesses reported seeing 2 women get out of the van, no other arrests have been made and police say none are expected.

Angela Melton says the home belonged to her late grandmother, and that the planters were sentimental to the family. That's why it was especially upsetting to think that an employee of a local flower shop would so boldly appear to steal them in broad daylight.

Melton says their suspicions were solidified on Monday, when her daughter went into the flower shop on Youree Drive and spotted one of the planters on the sales floor. She says her daughter was ordered out of the store after snapping a photo of the item. 

Melton says police were called again to report the pilfered planter allegedly on display for sale in the shop, and claims her daughter saw the same van spotted by the neighbors on Thursday driving away as police showed up. However, police say the owners of the flower shop have been able to prove their ownership of the planter with a receipt matching a UPC code on the item.

Vasko was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with misdemeanor theft. According to the booking report, Vasko was arrested "after she took items from the complainant without her consent."

The police report lists a frog planter valued at $250 as the property reported stolen. Police say the "stolen item has not been located at this time."

Flower Power owner Cathy Zahn says Vasko is a part-time employee hired recently, but that the other women reportedly seen getting out of the company van was not an employee and not authorized to be riding along.

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