Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been supportive over this little bit of bad luck I've had.
I haven't had a chance to respond until now, since it is close to school starting and I have a lot left to get the building ready, stripping the Gym/Cafeteria floor is my last project, so I had to spend 8 hours on that today. I did go up to see if the culprit came back this morning. I woke up at 1:00 after getting to sleep at 9:00, about three hours less sleep than I need to be rested. I got up to the area of the school (which is in a downtown salt lake area, all the immediate neighbors are office buildings, and condos, but to the west where the bad guy went, there are a few older appartment buildings that might be where he took the plants.) at around 2:00 am. Since the guy had stolen things both Monday and Tuesday mornings around 2:30-3:00 am, I thought he might come back this morning around that time and pry up some or all of the sunken pot figs that are submerged to ground level in 5 gallon pots. I even thought he might bring a friend and get the sunken 30 gallon garbage can that I have a dwarf banana in. But, after watching from the shadows accross the street from 2 until almost 4, he didn't show up. So, I went and started watering the in ground plants and the lawn before my helper showed up at 8 and I started the stripping of the floor. I managed to keep a good attitude all day and so it wasn't so bad.
The varieties he took were: 2 - of this years rooted cuttings of a local tree that is a lot like if not the same as Hardy Chicago, another one was Atreano (burnt ridge nursery), a Nazarti and a Marylane from in ground trees at the school and a Maslin's Edible Variant rooted from this years UC Davis order. I have other copies of all of these plants already, the ones stolen were either going to be sold to raise money for the school, or given to some student's to grow at their homes. Although I deeply appreciate the sentiment that DesertDance expressed, I don't need any replacement cuttings for these plants. At this point I will just write it off as a run of bad luck, hope he doesn't come back tomorrow early morning (or ever again), and see what happens. I hope to recover the plants by luck someday, but I won't waste sleep over it. I am having my evening shift cleaning guy leave some lights on and a radio on in the room that has the potted figs outside of its window tonight.
Jon, I have already walked and driven the area within that time frame, and haven't seen the plants yet, I will continue to do so, he might be hiding them in his apartment for a few days and then he might put them on a balcony or something. An interesting thing I found out, while walking around the neighborhood yesterday, there is an older two story appartment building that has offices on the first floor, one of which is for a sort of new-age, holistic type magazine, and they had a potted tree they kept outside their fenced area, between the sidewalk and the street that they called "The Giving Tree" I don't know what kind it is. They would always put some food and clean used clothes and books out on a flat rock beside it with the sign saying take a gift or leave a gift or something like that. So, when I walked past there yesteday, I saw flyers up all around the gardens that said "Please bring back the Giving Tree" on them. I am betting since it is about an 8 minute walk from the school I work at, the guy who took the fig plants from us, took this tree from these nice holistic folks. He is really racking up the bad karma, and I feel sorry for him when I really think about it.
I will let you all know if anything is missing tomorrow when I go in. And thanks again for all your supportiveness.