Canada Grinches steal 50 Christmas trees from Surrey garden centre

01:06  30 november  2017
01:06  30 november  2017 Source:   Vancouver Sun

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About 50 Christmas trees were stolen from Hunters Garden Centre on Wednesday. The nursery at Hunters Garden Centre in Surrey is looking a lot less festive today following the theft of approximately 50 Christmas trees early Wednesday morning.

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The nursery at Hunters Garden Centre in Surrey is looking a lot less festive today following the theft of approximately 50 Christmas trees early Wednesday morning.

Owner Miles Hunter says thieves made off with 50 noble firs, cleaning out his inventory, during an early morning heist at his east Newton garden centre.

“Somebody jumped over our fence, dragged the trees over the fence and onto our neighbour’s property and then drove away,” Hunter said. “We know they dragged then because of the trail of needles.”

Hunter says the tree theft appeared to be well planned.

“I don’t think we’ve had more than one or two trees at a time stolen before. It was obviously a coordinated and organized effort. They had to have a fairly decent size vehicle to move this many trees. You wouldn’t do this in the back of your pickup,” he said.

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The nursery at Hunters Garden Centre in Surrey is looking a lot less festive today following the theft of approximately 50 Christmas trees early Wednesday morning. Owner Miles Hunter says thieves made off with 50 noble firs, cleaning out his inventory

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There were no witnesses and the thieves managed to avoid security cameras.

Hunter says the trees had a retail value of about $5,000.

“The noble fir is generally the best, most expensive and highest quality Christmas tree that you can buy. It holds its needles well and lasts the longest, so most people who are putting a Christmas tree up at this time of the year would be buying a noble fir,” he said.

The theft has been reported to Surrey RCMP and Hunter is hopeful other Christmas tree sellers will alert the police if someone offers to sell them 50 noble firs at a bargain basement price.

“(The thieves) either already have a Christmas tree lot lined up somewhere and they are stealing them to sell them on it, or they’re going to turn around and try to sell them to a Christmas tree lot. They’ll drive up to somebody and say ‘hey, I’ve got 50 Christmas trees for sale for $20 a piece.’ A tree lot person will just think that’s a great deal and buy them without thinking they are probably stolen.”

As for his nursery, Hunter says it’s unlikely he’ll be able to order replacement trees to sell during the holidays.

“It’s very difficult to get extra Christmas trees this time of year because we order our Christmas trees in July … Our suppliers would have budgeted how many trees they have available this year and they would have all been sold by now.”

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