Detroit Area Police Baffled By Tree Thefts

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http://www.freep.com/features/living/maple8_20030708.htm Deborah Totzkay of Detroit's Pleasant Ridge suburb, has a sign in her garden: "NEIGHBORS BEWARE On June 17th, my Japanese Maple was stolen. Protect yours!" Her $150 dwarf Japanese maple -- a 3-year-old, 3-foot tree with flower-like mahogany leaves -- was stolen from her lawn in broad daylight The Detroit Free Press reports that pricey trees and shrubs are being unearthed and stolen across the country. The crimes are stumping police, prompting victims to blame the black . . .

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