Thursday, January 06, 2000

Police seek new leads in Christmas tree vandalism

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Out of leads and with a $1,000 reward on the table, police are turning to the public again to help track down the person who chopped down the city's Christmas tree last month.

        “We got some calls and we tracked them down and so far everybody seems to have alibis. A lot of them were from school kids who said they thought they knew who did it. Whoever did it seems not to be talking,” Detective Don Cope said Wednesday.

        More than 10 tips were called in after police and businesses offered the reward, he said.

        Mason residents were outraged last month when a vandal used a hand saw to topple a 30-foot blue spruce planted in front of the public library on U.S. 42.

        The tree, decorated each year, had been integral to Christmas in Mason and a focal point of the city for 20 years. Natorp's nursery came to the rescue by providing a smaller tree at cost to stand in for the holiday season while council made plans to replace that with a larger blue spruce in spring.

        The new tree will be bought with donations and money collected from the sale of yule logs and wreaths made from the remains of the felled tree.

        Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Cope at (513) 573-3357.


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