Thieves made away with exotic lotus plants and bamboo from a Waimanalo landscaping company.
Owner Kevin Mulkern said on Wednesday his staff discovered that someone cut through a chain link fence and removed a number of large potted plants and landscaping equipment.
"It kind of surprised me it was almost broad daylight and they got away with some big things," Mulkern said.
Among the items missing were some rather exotic bamboo in 100-gallon and 25- gallon pots.
"These are not that light. It takes two people to lift it, and maybe a third person to wiggle it out because they are about 8-to-12-feet tall," said Mulkern.
"They were pretty bold there are street lights. It's a wide road. There is no place to hide they must have had people on either end as lookouts," said Mulkern.
The large tubs of black bamboo are prized by collectors and can run close to $1,000 or more.
Mulkern says several large lotus plants disappeared from their containers.
The nursery has been burlarized three times in the last 20 years, but Mulkern counts himself luckier than his fellow nursery owners.
He hails the good work that a neighborhood farm watch is doing, but he isn't convinced that the recent laws that allow for tougher penalties for farm theft are the answer.
"Don't delude us that these laws are going to help us. Police are responding quickly and doing their job. Lawmakers are passing laws, but nobody is keeping track," said Milkern. " Is it of value?"
Mulkern is frustrated and angry that people are profiting off his hard work.
He just wants to make sure that criminals are prosecuted for their crimes.