AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMary and Chuck Hanson planted the now-6-foot-high plumeria tree in their front yard on Honolulu Terrace years ago, after bringing it back from a trip to Hawaii. The unusual theft became stranger when Chuck ran outside to chase the plumeria bandit. “I came outside yelling,” he said. “Mary was yelling so loud, I’m sure the whole neighborhood could hear – `They stole our plumerias!”‘ He saw the man who was carrying their tree branches get into a dirty white pickup truck. Then he saw another man jump over the white fence of a neighbor’s yard, dropping an armload of plumeria branches in the process. The truck sped away. WHITTIER – Mary Hanson thought a man standing in her front yard Monday afternoon was just admiring her exotic plants. That is until she saw him running away carrying branches from her Hawaiian plumeria tree. “I saw him running off with our plumerias and I yelled for my husband because I can’t get up \ that fast,” said Hanson, 83. The colorful flowers of the plumeria tree are used to make Hawaiian leis. After filing a police report, the Hansons examined their mutilated tree. “It seems strange for someone to go around picking plumerias,” said Mary Hanson. John Young and Donna Hollander are neighbors of the Hansons and their yard was also targeted by the plumeria thieves. Five branches of their plumeria tree – including one with a rare red flower – were pruned. But the bandit dropped them in his rush to escape, apparently after hearing the Hansons yell. “If they would have just asked, we would have given it to them,” said Hollander, 51. Whittier police officials said no suspects were apprehended. However, a crime report was taken, officials said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!