Wis. man tries to steal neighbor's apple trees
(MCT) TOWN OF DRAMMEN--This kind of theft takes a bit of manual labor.
A town of Drammen woman called the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department recently after she noticed two of her apple trees missing.
The woman said her neighbor, a 49-year-old man, stole the trees.
The woman said she had planted 10 apple trees in pots in her garden behind her residence. She bought the trees a year ago for $30 each. Each tree had a blue and yellow paint mark.
As the woman walked around her residence, she noticed her neighbor had two freshly planted apple trees in his front yard.
The deputy spoke with the neighbor after seeing two apple trees with blue and yellow paint marks plant in his yard.
When the deputy told the neighbor he was there to talk about two apple trees, the man said he “figured she would complain about the trees.”
The man denied taking the woman’s trees.
The man told the deputy he had bought the trees for $10 each three weeks earlier from an area greenhouse, but he didn’t have a receipt for them.
The man then told the deputy “she can have them back. I figured that she was going to say something.”
The man got a shovel, removed the trees from the ground and returned them to the woman.
The incident earned the man a misdemeanor charge of theft.