CALEXICO — Thieves ripped six Indian laurels out of the ground Wednesday night, hours after the trees were planted near the corner of Meadows Road and Zapata Street.
Calexico Beautification Commission Chairman Javier Gonzalez did some freelance forensic work at the scene of the crime.
He determined someone, "got them into a car or something. There is some soil on the road and on the sidewalks."
Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said there are no leads on the identity of the thieves.
He said the laurels were 7 to 8 feet tall with a base of approximately 2 1/2 feet.
He said it is possible one really strong guy or more than one person was able to strong-arm the trees out of the ground.
"They had just put (them) in that same day," he said.
Neujahr didn't know if the trees were replanted in the country somewhere, put on the local black market or spirited to Mexicali.