Tree theft puts a damper on holiday spirit

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Waterdown's downtown is looking a little less cheery these days.

One of the Christmas trees, along with a second set of decorations from another tree, vanished from a downtown corner in early December. Although the incident was reported and police are investigating, it has put a damper on holiday cheer for several downtown merchants.

Margaret Robertson, owner of Pause Awhile tearoom, is dismayed that someone would nab a tree meant for the enjoyment of all.

The police are working on the case, according to Sergeant Dan Welch, of the Hamilton Police Service.

"I find it disconcerting that someone would go out and cause harm to the downtown," he said. "We'll work diligently to find the person responsible."

This isn't the first tree to go missing. Last year, a tree vanished, but the culprit was foolish enough to drag it, allowing police to follow the needle trail to his front door. There was no such evidence this year.

The decorated trees were donated by Hank Gelderman, at his own expense, noted Robertson. If the tree is replaced, it would not only cost Gelderman, it would require the Waterdown Business Improvement Area to purchase new decorations. "We don't have a lot of money," she said.

Tree theft puts a damper on holiday spirit

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Waterdown's downtown is looking a little less cheery these days.

One of the Christmas trees, along with a second set of decorations from another tree, vanished from a downtown corner in early December. Although the incident was reported and police are investigating, it has put a damper on holiday cheer for several downtown merchants.

Margaret Robertson, owner of Pause Awhile tearoom, is dismayed that someone would nab a tree meant for the enjoyment of all.

The police are working on the case, according to Sergeant Dan Welch, of the Hamilton Police Service.

"I find it disconcerting that someone would go out and cause harm to the downtown," he said. "We'll work diligently to find the person responsible."

This isn't the first tree to go missing. Last year, a tree vanished, but the culprit was foolish enough to drag it, allowing police to follow the needle trail to his front door. There was no such evidence this year.

The decorated trees were donated by Hank Gelderman, at his own expense, noted Robertson. If the tree is replaced, it would not only cost Gelderman, it would require the Waterdown Business Improvement Area to purchase new decorations. "We don't have a lot of money," she said.

Tree theft puts a damper on holiday spirit

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Waterdown's downtown is looking a little less cheery these days.

One of the Christmas trees, along with a second set of decorations from another tree, vanished from a downtown corner in early December. Although the incident was reported and police are investigating, it has put a damper on holiday cheer for several downtown merchants.

Margaret Robertson, owner of Pause Awhile tearoom, is dismayed that someone would nab a tree meant for the enjoyment of all.

The police are working on the case, according to Sergeant Dan Welch, of the Hamilton Police Service.

"I find it disconcerting that someone would go out and cause harm to the downtown," he said. "We'll work diligently to find the person responsible."

This isn't the first tree to go missing. Last year, a tree vanished, but the culprit was foolish enough to drag it, allowing police to follow the needle trail to his front door. There was no such evidence this year.

The decorated trees were donated by Hank Gelderman, at his own expense, noted Robertson. If the tree is replaced, it would not only cost Gelderman, it would require the Waterdown Business Improvement Area to purchase new decorations. "We don't have a lot of money," she said.