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Rose peddler picked up
Man found with roses missing from farm
Jairo Criado-Tarazona - photo by Submitted
A 40-year-old Sugar Hill man was arrested over the weekend after he was reportedly caught peddling roses stolen from a Forsyth County farm.

Jairo Criado-Tarazona was charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office with theft by receiving stolen property.

He was released Saturday from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting a $12,610 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Taylor said the arrest came after authorities received a complaint that 65 cases of roses worth $8,775 were taken Thursday night from a cooler at Falcon Farms on Brannon Road.

“Apparently, the victim himself received information that someone was selling these roses in Gwinnett County, in the Duluth area,” Taylor said.

“They were trackable by the bar coding on the cases and so the victim went over there and found that in fact his roses were being sold ... so we went to that location.”

Taylor said the roses were being sold along Pleasant Hill Road.

He said a portion of the flowers were returned to Falcon Farms.

Francisco Puerto, the company’s general manager, declined to comment on the case.

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