DECATUR — Police are investigating after a Decatur homeowner reported repeated tree theft and criminal damage to his property, the back of which faces Lake Decatur.
Sgt. Josh Sheets said the latest incident was reported Sunday when the 66-year-old homeowner, who lives on North Country Club Road, said someone had taken an ax to a northern spruce tree on his property.
“They had chopped all the branches off one side of his tree, as if just to tear it up," Sheets said.
Earlier, the homeowner called police to report that between Wednesday and Friday, an 8-foot-tall northern spruce had been cut down and stolen from his lakeside yard. The tree was valued at $1,200 and appears to have been cut down with a hatchet, Sheets said.
“And then back on Nov. 22, 2016, he reported someone had stolen one of his weeping willow trees,” Sheets said.
Sheets said whoever carried out the crimes may have come from the lake using a boat.