Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Sticky fingers target cactuses in Palm Desert to resell for barrels of money

August 12, 2008, 7:53 am
PALM DESERT -- Someone is swiping the cactuses in this upscale desert city. Over the last six months, there has been an epidemic of thefts. Officials say they have lost nearly $20,000 worth of the plants. The main target is the golden barrel, which, depending on its size, can fetch anywhere from $100 to $800 each. The problem is so bad that surveillance cameras have gone up near large concentrations of cactuses in urban landscaping, and authorities expect to implant microchips into the barrels soon to track their whereabouts.