Thieves steal charity Christmas trees in Croton

December 7, 2009 3:00:58 PM PST
The hunt is on for the heartless thieves who stole dozens of Christmas trees in Croton.The trees were going to be sold and the money used for walkers, wheelchairs and college funds.

Now, helping those in need will be much harder for the Croton Lions.

"I'm outraged someone would steal from a charity-based operation," Lions Club president Debi Braddick told

Police are investigating the theft, which happened in a ShopRite parking lot off South Riverside Avenue last week.

The loss of the trees, which sell for about $40 but are bought at a reduced price, means the Lions Club is out roughly $1,200.

"It's devastating," Braddick said. "It's the cost of two wheelchairs or a scholarship."