ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies are searching for the suspects accused of taking 21 Christmas trees from Lemon Bay High School's tree sales lot on Tuesday.
The school’s ROTC Unit and Project Graduation received 130 trees on Tuesday, November 26, to sell as a fundraising project. All 130 trees were accounted for when they were delivered. According to personnel, the sales lot was closed on Wednesday and Thursday. They were open for sales from November 29 to December 1.
When a secondary count was made of the trees on December 1, taking into account the trees that had been sold, ROTC and Project Graduation personnel found that 21 trees, valued at a total of $1,050, were missing from the lot.
Deputies found no signs of forcible entry into the exterior fenced-in area. The trees had been in a tent inside the locked, fenced area. There were no witnesses immediately located.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).