CCTV caught the shocking moment when two thieves stole the iconic cactus from the storefront of a Perch clothing store.
A man was caught on film Saturday approaching a store under cover of darkness before stealing a four-meter cactus from a house in front of Swanbourne’s ginger owl.
One man can be seen standing while the other kicks the plant until one arm is so weak that it is torn from the stem.
The 3-year-old Peruvian apple cactus has been nurtured over the years by owner Nicky Phillips to reach a towering 4-metre tall.
Tucked away in the store’s pale pink façade, the cactus has become a hotspot for Instagram influencers and newlyweds.
Employee Mieri Smith hasn’t been in the store long, but said Nine New Miss Phillips takes incredible pride in the statement factory.
“Our owner, Nicky, loves this store. It’s her baby,” Smith said.
“Especially with so much work going into our shop, it’s heartbreaking.”
The plant bed where the cactus stood was littered with cactus remains.
“At three to four meters tall, the cactus arms that took more than three years to grow are completely gone,” she said.
“Destroyed as if nothing had happened”
“It was all over the place. It was a big deal.”
This plant was targeted in a similar attack in July 2021. The man used a machete to remove his arm in a more surgical manner.
Police and store owners are urging anyone with information about the thief’s identity to report to police.
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