Sunday, April 21, 2013

Congratulations to the master thief

While I was struggling for my life some most intelligent individual took the opportunity to take a Japanese maple from my greenhouse. Around March 10 to 13, when I had major heart surgery with complications someone must have known from the bonsai forums that I was not home. He, perfectly correctly, forsaw that I would not bother to have any safety measures installed in winter. He knew exactly what he wanted from my blog, where I showed that tree in December/January. He went through obstacles, creeped into a small alley in the green house and got exactly his tree. Congratulations, it will be hard to find a much better one of that favorite size of his (35 to 45 cm). This fits exactly into the past pattern: very Japanese looking trees which actually come from Japan, and which look just like coming out of a picture book for bonsai. I am happy to say that I don't have many more of those.

What must such a person think? What must he feel? Probably proud to be so smart.

17 comments:

Marc said...

Such a shame. He must have known that the tree was there.

Adam Butterfield said...

A shame indeed. This was one of my favorite trees you've given the honor of sharing with us. It's such a shame that something you were willing to openly share with the entire world, will now be hoarded away for only one person to see...

thomas pereira said...

Someone who knows a salesman in electronic security must come forth and slide a word about Walter's problems. With his notoriety, he would make a great celebrity endorsment for any security bussiness. I know I would consider to use any product he would recommend !

Mike Konig said...

Really sorry to hear about this theft Walter.
Now what does the thief get from this? He or she will never be able to show or sell this tree. All they can do is sit and look at it full well knowing that it was someone else's property. Not much satisfaction in that for any reasonable person, but then, who knows what drives these scumbags.

Austin Bonsai said...

What a terrible person! It's sad to say it but you should install a few security cameras.

Daniel Torres said...

Hello Walter hope you are recovering well.
Impossible for the thief to sell it trough the internet.
I am sure they want to make money,and sooner or later the tree will show somewhere. And all bonsai fan and amateur will be attentive.I know is difficult but you know hope is the last thing to loose.
Kind regards,
Daniel

Stephen Krall said...

Walter, I am sorry for your loss indeed everyone's loss. When will these people that steal other people's belonging grow up. I hope there is a special hell in the cosmos for these kinds of people.

Steve

John said...

Since your pictures document the tree so well perhaps one way or another the tree will find its way back to you. Should the thief try to sell or even show the tree to another people will know. I hope you recover from your surgery quickly. And I hope your tree finds its way back to you soon too.

Jelle ferwerda said...

Hey Walter,

THey seem to be after you. It *sucks*. Please do stay open and friendly to people, and don't let this discourage you.

Jelle.

Sebastijan Sandev said...

Well, I will be very open...how can this form of life live with himself...the man has probably so little self respect and is so incapable of produce anything that clever and beautiful as bonsai that he has to steal it from others that know how to do it...that reminds me, and I beg the public excuses me for being rude, that reminds me of a man being proud of his manhood in a way that he watches someone else is doing "it" with his woman.
That is just pathetic. Bonsai community should raise a fund for this poor frustrated soul to donate him a few trees now and then. Do not be sad Walter, because, in this story, you are "the man" and he is just a pathetic coward trying to wear your feathers. I imagine him sitting in his garden watching beautiful things somebody else created and being aware that nothing of his ever entered this beauty...like a young virgin boy in puberty watching beautiful girls walking the fashion track but staying out of his reach...
you can always make better and more beautiful trees...and more and more trees, and he, or IT, well, he will be revealed, he will be caught one day and will remain poor and pathetic for ever.
poor individual...I almost feel sorry for him

Bonsainz said...

Very sad to hear of this, what a low life this person must be,
But you get well and at sometime somewere around the world I hope I get the chance to meet you in person.
All the best for a speedy recover from New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this, I will keep an eye on Instagram, people like to show off on there...

crataegus said...

I seriously think this is all just money driven. Who says there is no (underground) market for this, i even suspect some would pay a person to go and steal and the thief himself maybe does know nothing about bonsai and does not care. I would doubt that this is the work of 1 simple private person. This is a person who knows people, who knows the bonsai community and who watches closely. It would surprise me that this same person would also be the thief. And about the sad aspect of this person, well many capitalist economy and business men only thrive because they care less about honesty, its only gain and money. So dont think this is a sad feeling person. That is my opinion. And yes Walter, dont say it but just install hidden camera's. You will feel happy to finally report it to police then.

Andrew Legg said...

Hey Walter, sorry to hear about your poor health and I wish you a speedy and full recovery! As for the bonsai thief, I guess there are folk out there who simply don't have a conscience. I can't understand them, and their actions frustrate the hell out of me, but all I can say is that life has a funny way of catching up with people like this. To you I say rest your mind in the peace created by knowing that you are a better person, and as difficult as it may be, be sure to not let it hold you back or get you down. I had a wedding ring stolen, and it was extremely sentimental to me as you can imagine. I'm pretty sure I know who stole it too, but I can't prove it. I can either let it get me down, or I can just get on with life in the knowledge that my marriage is far more important than that ring could ever have been. Of course each to his own, but the journey I take, shared with friends, moulding my trees over time is somehow more important to me than the trees themselves. Whilst that tree is no doubt a significant loss to you, cherish the journey through which it's kept you company. I hope to still meet you in Johannesburg later this year, and in some small way play a little part in your bonsai journey, as I have no doubt in my mind that you play a part in mine.

Anonymous said...

I'm very very sorry to hear about this mr. Pall! I like the comment about Instagram! These theives must be stopped sometime!!
From Denmark.

Nick G said...

What a bastard.

Installing a few trail cameras around the place may help. They have motion sensors and infrared and are not expensive. I have used them for capturing pictures of intruders on rural properties before.

Anonymous said...

Too bad its a Bonsai, or douche bag could hang himself from it!