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Thieves branch out, to trees, in Stafford

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Someone with the proper digging equipment and a large vehicle or trailer left 15 holes on a Stafford resident’s property this week.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said 15 Leyland cypress trees were dug up and stolen from property on Hoovler Lane off Mountain View Road sometime between Sunday evening and early Monday afternoon.

The ornamental trees had been planted in a row and were all between 4 and 5 feet tall, Kennedy said. They are valued at $75 each.

“Someone went through a great deal of effort to take all those trees,” Kennedy said. “Hopefully, somebody saw something.”

Kennedy said the resident had last seen the trees, which had been planted some time ago, about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. When the resident went out about 12:30 Monday afternoon, the trees were gone.

Deputy Joe Duggins was sent to investigate the theft and found 15 holes in the ground where the trees had been.

Anyone with information regarding the felony evergreen heist is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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