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Police stumped by trees stolen from four different spots

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are scratching their heads over the recent thefts of Leyland cypress trees from yards in four separate locations.

"It's hard to determine whether they're being stolen for personal use or to replant somewhere," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell. "If anybody sees anything suspicious in connection with the use of these trees, please call us."

The incidents took place between Jan. 13 and 15 and included the following incidents:

· Eleven recently planted trees, valued at $110, being pulled up by the roots from the front yard of a Henderson Mill Road residence;

· Two homeowners on Avalon Road reported trees valued at $643 and $435 respectively being removed from those yards;

· Five trees, valued at $130, planted near the roadway of a Cambridge Drive home that are missing, leaving holes in the yard.

The complainant in the Cambridge Drive incident stated to the NCSO deputy at the scene that "he has had trees stolen from the location many times in the past."

Most of the trees are described as between 2 and 3 feet tall.

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can also be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.