Two Stolen Historic Bonsai Trees: They Are Back!

The trees 'mysteriously' showed up at the end of the museum's driveway on Tuesday night. (Pacific Bonsai Museum)

Two Stolen Bonsai Trees ‘Mysteriously’ Returned to Washington State Museum

By Brigit Katz/

Sunday morning, a pair of thieves broke into the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, Washington, and made off with two historic bonsai trees. Museum staff were devastated—not only because the trees were said to be worth “thousands of dollars,” but also because the bonsai were at risk of dying.

“[T]here is a strong likelihood that the trees will perish,” curator Aarin Packard said in a statement. “These trees have been cared for every day for more than 70 years, and if that daily care doesn’t continue the trees will die.”

The museum put out a call for information, sharing security footage of two hooded figures skulking into a secure exhibit. The institution simply wanted the trees returned, according to the statement, “no questions asked.”

Fortunately, the case of the missing bonsai came to a happy end on Tuesday night, when the trees were “mysteriously” returned to the museum, staff revealed. At around 11 p.m., security guards noticed the bonsai sitting on a road leading up to the institution. They notified the staff, and the police were contacted. Though one of the trees sustained some damage, the bonsai were in overall good condition and were put back on display…read more:


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