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Brundidge man has pecan trees stolen from yard

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
BRUNDIDGE, AL (WSFA) -

Brundidge police are baffled by an unusual crime, and they're not alone. Someone stole a man's pecan trees from his very own property.

We found John Sutton mowing the grass of his 5 acre pecan orchard on Highway 10 in Brundidge, home to around 70 full grown pecan trees with decades of growth and production.

 70 trees except for four young ones. They were stolen, literally uprooted and taken away.

"I don't have any enemies I know around here," said 79-year old John Sutton.

Sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and early Sunday morning, someone yanked up the trees. The four were around five feet tall.

The trees were a mix of the Cape Fear and Elliot variety.

"And when they got around it, they pulled it out of the ground," Sutton said as he pointed to a hole where one tree used to sit.

Sutton says he paid about $50 each for the trees, pocket change compared to the long term loss. Over time, the trees would have been worth $80,000 together when you factor in the value and the production of pecans.

"It makes me sick to see any of my trees topple over or messed with," he said.

Although John Sutton says he's not angry, he did, in fact, file a police report with the Brundidge Police Department. He is just curious as to 'why.'

"I just wanna know who comes down here," said Sutton.

Investigators say they have no leads, but a footprint nearby could be a step in the right direction for Brundidge police.

John Sutton says he'll replace the stolen trees with new ones in the fall. Until then, he'll ride this one out on his trusty lawnmower and chalk it up as a bizarre mystery in the orchard.

Sutton says as far as he knows there were no witnesses and he's not sure if the suspect or suspects came late at night or after he left his property Saturday afternoon.

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