To the Times of Ti:
The purpose of this letter is to inform Ticonderoga gardeners and flower lovers that you have real friends here: the Ticonderoga Police Department and Officer Dale Quesnel.
In May a woman entered a gated area of our backyard while we were home and took some decorative garden items as well as a hanging basket and individual plants purchased by the Carillon Garden Club for use around town. My husband and I were shocked by this incident and didn’t realize until later anything was missing. We didn’t report it because we felt it was too late, the woman was gone, and it wasn’t a major burglary. Just this past weekend two planters were taken from our front walkway.
The theft of my favorite planters was too much to overlook. I stopped Officer Quesnel to report it but he was one step ahead of me. He had already recovered my planters and was going through the neighborhood to see if there were more thefts. When we went to the police station to pick up the planters, I discovered the hanging basket taken in the first burglary was there. It had also been removed from the home of the woman arrested for the theft of my planters. Now if I could get back my favorite birdhouse!
Officer Quesnel was also the officer who quickly solved the cases of the vandalism and needless destruction of the beautiful flower boxes on the bridge last summer. These senseless acts enraged many. Thank you for your outstanding detective work!
Although these cases may seem trivial to some readers, I must note that the beauty of our town’s public and private planted areas, gardens, and planters give us all serenity and joy. My faith in our choice of a retirement town has been restored, and I sleep well knowing our backyard is once again a safe place.