'Priceless' Bonsai Trees Stolen From Museum In Washington State


Over the weekend a security alarm was triggered at the Pacific bonsai museum just outside of Seattle at about seven AM on Sunday two thieves forced their way into the public display that's Kathy McCabe the executive director of the museum which is home to a hundred fifty bonsai trees we discovered that two treaties had been stolen two bonsai trees each more than seventy years old weighing around fifty pounds soon Aaron Packard the exhibit's curators showed up I arrived after the police had gotten here we do have a ten second video clip of the thieves based on their build it most likely were two men fairly broad shouldered close up they picked up the trees and carried them away they a parked vehicle we were able to you know see sort of tire tracks and foot prints leading up from where that vehicle parked in a looks like they knew what they were doing let's put that way the trees that were stolen each have a storied past one was a silver berry tree planted in nineteen forty six by Kiyoko Hotten aka one of the few female bonsai artists in a field dominated by men the other was a black pine grown by ages a brute foos our a Japanese American man who was put in an internment camp in Utah during World War two and received from family members in Japan some seats which she then sewed in ten cans and I'm not familiar of any other treat that exists in United States that can trace its probe announced to being germinated into internment camp as of today there are no leads on the whereabouts of the two trees which Packard says could die within days without the meticulous care

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