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Authorities searching for cacti thief

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 19:19:49-05

MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Authorities are searching for a man who dug up a total of eight cacti and stole them in the Dove Mountain area, on Saturday, January 23.

The suspect and the suspect's vehicle were photographed by a hunting camera that had been installed in the area by the property developer.  

The suspect dug up the eight cacti and placed them in the back of a gold Chevrolet truck. Marana Police say it is a mid 2000's model.

Marana PD describe he as a white or Hispanic male in his mid 40's to mid 50's. He has grey/ white hair and a mustache.  He was last seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a Nike baseball cap.

A total of 22 cacti have been stolen over the past several weeks that total over $1,300 in value.

If anyone can identify the suspects or vehicle in this case, please call the Marana Police Department at (520) 382-2000 or 88-CRIME.

Marana PD does not believe this incident is related to the slashed Saguaros at Saguaro National Park West.