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Tree lots tackle pine pilfering

Sales improve, but theft remains a challenge

Archie and A.J. Lambert prepare a tree for transport from Jimís Christmas Trees in Charlton. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
December 13, 2009
It takes a real Grinch to steal a Christmas tree — it also takes a lot of nerve.

With less than two weeks until Christmas day, many local tree stands are selling the festive firs — and balsams — in greater quantity than last year, while keeping a necessary close eye on their inventory.

Tree theft is always a concern for the proprietors of the stands, which spring up the day after Thanksgiving and are out of sight the day after Christmas, but despite many families still feeling the financial pinch of a sluggish economy, fewer trees have turned up missing this year than last.

Tree theft made national news recently when an extremely rare Keteleeria evelyniana tree from the Yunnan Mountains of China was hacked down at the University of Washington's botanical garden and arboretum for use as a Christmas decoration.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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