HOBART - A Hobart couple say they are missing a few trees from their property. The two say someone has damaged apple and pear trees in their front yard.
Bonnie Schumacher says it started about 10 days ago.
"This was the first one that we noticed that is was like wow, what the heck happened to our trees?" she asked.
She and her husband Jim Schumacher thought it could be storm damage, but it happened again last week.
"I mean, you can see it is cut," said Jim Schumacher.
"I knew it was done on purpose then, it wasn't the wind anymore," said Schumacher.
The couple says three apple trees and a pear tree were either cut down or knocked over. A fifth tree was left leaning.
"It's sad because it's so senseless. You know, because you try to just stay in your yard, keep to yourself, don't cause any trouble, and I guess trouble comes your way," said Bonnie Schumacher.
Schumacher says the apples were about a week from being ripe.
"They were so full this year, and such good eating apples and pears that we were going to donate them over to Paul's Pantry. And now? No. No apples, no pears," said Schumacher.
The Schumachers say they called police and filed a report, but the chief says so far his department doesn't have many clues.
"Without a suspect and without any more information, I would assume that they're not being targeted. Perhaps it's vandalism, but at the same time, it could be just a car ran off the road and hit those trees," said Randy Bani, Hobart/Lawrence Chief of Police.
Randy Bani says a vandalism citation is about $200 plus the cost to replace the 15-year-old trees.
"We're older people. We're never going to see them get that big again," said Schumacher.
The couple says the leaning apple tree may not survive. Four others have been added to a compost pile.
"We'll be a little more vigilant. Hopefully we can catch them and find out why," said Schumacher.
If you have any information about the incident, Hobart/Lawrence police want to hear from you. You can give them a call at (920) 391-7470.
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