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2 charged with lifting plants from Clay Township home

Homeowners reportedly foiled the plans of people who allegedly were attempting to steal hundreds of dollars worth of plants from a Clay Township greenhouse.

In regards to the alleged incident, state police charged Fletcher A. Indovina, 39, and Teresa A. Hooks, 45, of New Castle with felonies burglary, criminal trespass and misdemeanor theft.

Court documents showed homeowners returned to their home April 22 to find a Kia Sportage pulled up to their greenhouse.

The vehicle was filled with potted plants from the greenhouses, and Indovina and Hooks were spotted carrying more, police said.

The total value of the plants and garden supplies was approximately $900, according to documents.

Police said Indovina told the homeowners he used to work at the greenhouse and thought no one lived there. He had returned to get “a few sentimental items.”

The homeowners told officers they did not know Indovina or Hooks, and asked them to return the plants and garden supplies and leave the premises, which they did.

Preliminary hearings for Indovina and Hooks have not yet been scheduled.

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