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Pennsylvania police hope to catch 'green thumb' bandit

MAMMOTH, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police are hoping to catch a bandit with a green thumb red-handed.

Troopers from the Greensburg barracks say the man robbed the Amenity Farm and Greenhouse in Mount Pleasant Township on Tuesday about 6 p.m. They say he flashed a gun and demanded money before also taking some plants.

Police say the man ran away and they hadn't identified, charged or arrested the suspect by Wednesday.

The greenhouse is located about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Massachusetts couple's 2001 message in a bottle found

REHOBOTH, Mass. (AP) — The couple from Massachusetts had just finished off a bottle of champagne to celebrate their engagement on a Florida beach in August 2001 when they got a crazy idea.

They wrote a message, shoved the cork back into the bottle, and tossed it into the waves off Tampa.

The message read: "To whoever finds this bottle: may you be blessed as the two of us. May you find someone to love with as much compassion. May you find and keep someone who completes you. This is our message in a bottle."

They included their first names and a post office box in their hometown of Attleboro.

Karl and Michele Kimmell, now the parents of two children and about to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, say they occasionally wondered if anyone had found the bottle.

"It was just a regular cork in the bottle so I figured the cork would start leaking eventually," Karl, 36, told WLNE-TV.

Turns out someone had found it, on the opposite coast of Florida.

Michael Souvigny found the bottle in February while out hunting along the St. John's River in Green Cove Springs, Fla.

"It was very much a surprise," Michele, 35, told The Sun Chronicle newspaper.

He responded to the message, but his letter was returned because the post office box account was closed and Karl and Michele had moved to neighboring Rehoboth.

At the urging of a friend, Souvigny turned to The Sun Chronicle, which published a story about the bottle.

Michele's sister saw the story and recognized the handwriting on the letter, a copy of which was printed with the article.

She contacted the Kimmells, who plan on contacting Souvigny.

"It's neat that someone actually ended up finding it," Michele said.

Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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