The shocking moment two thieves stole an iconic cactus from the storefront of a perch clothing boutique has been caught on CCTV.
The men were captured on film approaching the store under the cover of darkness on Saturday before they stole the four-metre cactus from its home out the front of Ginger Owl in Swanbourne.
One man can be seen standing watch as the other kicks at the plant until one arm becomes weak enough to be ripped from the stalk.
The three-year-old Peruvian apple cactus was raised by store owner Nicky Phillips for years to get to its towering four-metre height.
Standing stark against stores pale Pink facade, the cactus has become a hotspot for Instagram influencers and even newlyweds.
Employee Mieli Smith has not been with the store for long but told Nine New Ms Phillips takes incredible pride in the statement plant.
“Our owner Nikki, she absolutely adores this shop – it’s her baby,” Ms Smith said.
“It‘s heartbreaking, especially when so much work goes into our shop.”
Remnant of the cactus littered the plant bed where the cactus stood.
“We have a full arm of the cactus gone, which is three-to-four metres high and that has taken over three years to grow,” she said.
“They just destroyed it like it was pretty much nothing”
“It was just everywhere, it was a hot mess.”
The plant was targeted in a similar attack in July 2021, when a man used a machete to remove an arm in a more surgical manner.
Police and the store owners are appealing to anyone with information on the identity of the thieves to come forward to police.