Thieves recently stole 60 Christmas trees from a local Boy Scouts troop, who were selling the trees to raise money for their camp in Ulster, New York (video below).
The stolen trees amounted to a loss of about $3,000. Police do not have any suspects, reports New York CBS.
At around 1:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, a police officer noticed something was wrong at the Boy Scout tree lot.
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Ulster Police Chief Anthony Cruise told CBS New York: "One of the patrols actually drove up to this location and saw the Christmas tree sign and wooden gate area that fences it in knocked over."
Scout camp ranger Paul Vanderkruik added: “I arrived at about 2 a.m. and someone had pulled over the entire front of our stand. It looked like they had hooked a chain to it and just drove in. [The buy scouts] were sad, but they took a stiff upper lip. The next morning, Friday morning, they were here to rebuild. Yeah, 7 a.m. they were here.”
Rip Van Winkle Council Scout executive Raymond Braun said: "That’s a major amount. We’re a small council. We serve Ulster County and Greene County, about 1,600 to 2,000 kids. We’ve got a pretty small budget and $3,000 is a lot."
Fortunately, people began dropping by to make financial donations. Adams Fairacre Farms, a grocery store that sells Christmas trees, donated 60 trees to replace the ones stolen.
Jason Becker of Adams Fairacre Farms said: “I was hurt. I was very hurt about what had happened to them and I just thought we needed to help."