Trees, wreaths stolen from Maine Christmas tree farm

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NORRIDGEWOCK (AP) — The owner of a Maine Christmas tree farm says customers are taking advantage of his business’ honor system by stealing trees and wreaths.

Todd Murphy, of Trees to Please in Norridgewock, says about $2,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen this season, including about a dozen trees worth $400 over the weekend.

Murphy says he stocked the cut trees at about 5 p.m. Saturday, but when he got in on Sunday morning, they were gone.

Murphy told the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/1qQQqAa ) hundreds of people visit the farm each weekend in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and sometimes they don’t pay.

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If people continue to steal, he said he will have no option but to raise prices.

He has notified police about the latest theft.

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