Good Samaritans find trees stolen from Calexico park

February 12, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Trees that had once been lost were found.

"Good Samaritans" spotted five trees, which had been ripped from the ground Wednesday, in an alley on the west side of town Sunday night, according to Mayor Pro Tem Renison.

He was "elated" to hear the news.

The trees had just been planted near the intersection of Meadows Road and Zapata Street on Wednesday afternoon before they were ripped from the ground that night.

A story in Friday's paper alerted the populace about the missing trees.

Nick Fenley, assistant to the city manager, said, "One of our citizens on the west side of town noticed the trees just across the street from the gentlemen's house.


"It was just across the street from my house in the alley, actually," Fenley said.

City staffers retrieved the trees and they should be re-planted soon, according to Fenley.

The trees had been bought and planted with a $100,000 grant from the state. A contractor hired by the city planted almost 900 trees last week.

Fenley said the matter won't be investigated further.

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