SEDAN, Kan. (KAKE) - Police in southeast Kansas are advising residents to not plant flowers in potholes. 

The Sedan Police Department said officers responded to the 700 block of North Montgomery Street for the report of mysterious growths sprouting from several potholes. 

"Once on scene, officers discovered a number of potholes had been filled with plants," the department said on Facebook. "We are asking the publics assistance in the apprehension of these suspects who have been aptly dubbed, 'The Pothole Bandits.' These bandits are described as having a facetious look in their eye, ornery grins, green thumbs and wearing fast running shoes. Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated."

Police said that while they get the humor in the prank, the only people the prank hurts are city employees tasked with cleaning the holes out. Anyone with concerns is asked to reach out to the mayor, a councilmember or address the city council at its next meeting.