A Rome yes it always is stolen everything, cast iron manholes and relics of saints, car rims and drinking fountains. The latest news are the thefts of trees. We are talking about the “prunus” (fruit trees with reddish leaves) at the corner of via della Balduina and viale Ambrosio, planted along the sidewalk by a resident named Riccardo, an architect who obviously cares a lot about urban decor.
And we already see a first anomaly, because in a normal city it should be the Municipality that takes care of the green, not one who, moreover, over the years, has spent thousands of euros out of his own pocket for an initiative that in theory would also be illegal ( explains the architect: “on the sidewalks there is space for trees, but no one has ever planted them, the Giardini service is never seen here”). A few weeks ago – and this is where the mysterious part of the story begins – the guardians that the architect had placed around the stems of the plants to protect them and help them grow disappeared. Then the trees have to disappear: apparently someone has begun is burdened with the effort of uprooting one a day, and dragging it for several meters to a parking lot where he evidently loaded it into a van to take it who knows where.
Who did it? It is not known. Nor was it at first clear whether it was a spite or a real theft, until yesterday’s twist: the stolen goods were found 600 meters from the crime scene, next to a garbage can. So it was not a subtraction for profit but a banal and inexplicable act of vandalism. The search for the anonymous sapling stealer continues. Riccardo reported the incident to the carabinieri, who promised to strengthen their patrols: if the vegetable thief returns to action, they hope to catch him in the act.
(In the photo: the hole left in the ground by the vandal of the prunus after having uprooted)