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Hastings mulch thieves tracked down, cited for theft

Mulch was stolen from a store in the 2100 block of Vermillion Street at 4:31 p.m. A vehicle had pulled into the lot. Occupants filled it full of mulch then drove away.

The thieves took about 27 bags of mulch valued at $2.50 each.

A witness was able to give officers a license plate on the vehicle.

Officers went to the home of the registered owner. The man said he let his neighbor use his vehicle. Officers visited the home of the suspects and they noticed several bags of unopened mulch. Eventually officers made contact with the suspects and cited them both for theft.