Bonsai Theft: Central Fresno nursery robbed of two trees worth 8,000 dollars


A Central Fresno nursery was burglarized over the weekend, the crooks took off with some unique bonsai trees.

Grey Anderson is a master at work with his pruning sheers, with each cut he shapes these miniature marvels into a living work of art. He has owned Nee-Hai Bonsai for 26 years.

He takes care of his trees and other plants on a daily basis but last week he noticed his two mature bonsai trees were stolen from his nursery.

“Why would anybody take something from anybody,” Anderson said.

He said these bonsai trees originated outside the country, one of the trees that was stolen was over 60 years old.

He said this isn’t the first time someone has come into his business and stolen from him but he holds his head high and stays true to his passion for the beautiful bonsai.

“They’ve made their choices, they’ve done what they’ve done,” he said.

Steve Randall was a teenager when he first stepped into Anderson’s nursery.

The two bonding over their love and passion of the miniature trees.

Randall reached out to Your Central Valley because he wanted the trees to be returned to their rightful owner.

“I understand volunteering here on the weekends what he puts into them and just to have somebody come in and just take it without any regard to what was put behind was disheartening,” Randall said.

As much as the theft hurts, Anderson said closing his doors would cause a different kind of pain.

“A theft hurts but it doesn’t hurt as much as if I were able to turn around and close the place and shut the door on all these people have found something special about bonsai,” he said.

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