Wheat Ridge police arrest 60-year-old Louise Duran as suspect in the 'Begonia Bandit' case

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Police believe they've arrested the woman responsible for stealing flowers from the Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, a crime that earned her the nickname "Begonia Bandit."

The suspect is Louise Duran, 60, according to Wheat Ridge Police Department spokesman John Romero.

Duran is employed by a company contracted to clean city buildings, including the police department. She was recognized by a city employee, Romero said.

Wheat Ridge police released the video of unusual crime Thursday, which occurred around 8:40 p.m. last Friday.

"She's got a bag. She went, came around got the bag. Walked right up. It looks like she's looking over at the camera," said employee Rhoda Story who watched the surveillance video.

Center regulars say the flower boxes are a bit of a luxury. In the past, the budget has been so tight, flowers had to be cut.

"There's so many seniors who come here to look at the flowers, really, because many seniors don't have the opportunity to garden and enjoy what they once did," said Wayne Ewing, a member of the center's advisory committee.

Duran will be charged with misdemeanor theft in county court and then released, Romero said.

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