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89-year-old cited for stealing neighbor's flowers

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:26 a.m. CDT

HARVARD – Being 89 years old brings cheap breakfast and the best recliner at family get-togethers.

It does not – as a Harvard man found out last week – grant free access to the neighbor's garden.

Just after noon July 24, Police cited 89-year-old Jesus Reyes, of 205 W. Harrison St. Apt. 3, for damaging property. He was spotted pulling up a neighbor's flowers, then planting them back in his own garden, police said.

It wasn't the first time, neighbors told police, that Reyes went flower swiping.

"I guess he had done a similar act before and everyone had kind of let it go," Harvard Police Chief Mark Krause said. "On the repeat, they had called us and wanted something done."

Reyes was never handcuffed. He was issued the citation and a Sept. 8 court date.

Krause said the 89-year-old was of strong health – a factor police took into consideration.

"If he was of such mental impairment that he couldn't make a judgment of right from wrong, that would be a mitigating circumstance we would look at," Krause said.

–Shawn Shinneman

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