The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 20, 2013

Thieves try to rip off yule tree farm

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Retailers are starting the holiday season earlier and earlier each year — and now the grinches are, too.

State police in Milton are searching for a pair of would-be thieves who tried to steal a chain saw from a Christmas tree crew at Elf Mountain Christmas tree farm Friday in Valley Township, Montour County.

The two unknown men allegedly arrived in the Christmas tree field on four-wheelers shortly before 11 p.m., where a crew was working cutting trees, and attempted to steal the Stihl MS180 chair saw, which is valued at $300, and a gallon of gasoline, police said.

An Elf Mountain employee, who was toting a tree back to the vehicle holding the chain saw and gasoline spotted one of the thieves walking away with the chain saw and yelled, police said.

The thief dropped the saw and both intruders fled on their four-wheelers, according to police.

Police are now asking for the public help in identifying the would-be thieves.

Both males are described as being between 18 and 25 years of age. One is described as wearing blue jeans and a white and black racing jersey, a yellow and black helmet and riding a Suzuki four-wheeler, police said.

The second male is described as wearing blue jeans, a gray and black racing jersey, a blue and purple helmet and riding and Honda four-wheeler.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Milton at (570) 524-2662.