Nursery gets burglarized twice in one week

Kathy’s Corner experienced two break-ins last week, losing approximately $2,500 in items and experiencing $1,000 in property damage, owner Kathy Wheaton said Monday.

The break-ins at the small Island nursery occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning and then again late Wednesday night or early Thursday, she said. The burglars — Wheaton said she believes there was more than one — took odd and random things, like packages of pens, as well as expensive items, such as several bottles of high-quality organic fertilizer.

They also stole her walkie-talkie during the first robbery and then, during the second robbery, the second one she had purchased to replace the stolen one.

The burglary follows one two weeks ago at Langley Fine Gardens in Dockton, which lost $1,000 in plant starts from the farm stand over the course of three days. Two other farm stands were also recently burglarized, Wheaton said.

Wheaton, whose shop has been broken into before, said she felt sick about these last two incidents.

“I didn’t sleep for two nights,” she said. “It’s hard when you’re working so doggone hard.”

At the same time, she said, she’s been awed by the wave of support she’s received from Island residents.

“People on Vashon never cease to amaze me in the depth of their caring,” she said. “That’s what keeps me trucking.”


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