Police stumped by theft of rare tree in Madison

From Madison Area Crime Stoppers:

The UW-Madison Police Department is on the lookout for a conifer crook who targeted the UW Arboretum last week.

Sometime between November 5 and November 9, 2020, a rare 25-foot tall Algonquin Pillar Swiss Mountain Pine Tree was cut down and stolen from the UW Arboretum property. The tree was located about 30 yards from Arboretum Drive, just east of the Wingra Springs Lot. The very rare tree was planted in 1988 - its twin, right next to the stolen tree, was left unharmed. Another large tree nearby - a Compact White Fir which was planted in 1981 - had a 12 foot section cut from the top of the tree. That cut section, however, was left behind.

UW Arboretum staff estimates the cost of the damaged tree and the stolen tree is at least $13,000.

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