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Acts of giving follows thefts

Charitable spirit shown after 34 trees vanish from Lions sale

Ulrich Rudofsky, left, and Dan Ryan, co-organizers of the Bethlehem Lions Club annual Christmas tree sale, stand in the tree lot on Route 9W. The organization had 34 trees stolen Friday, Nov. 23.
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Ulrich Rudofsky, left, and Dan Ryan, co-organizers of the Bethlehem Lions Club annual Christmas tree sale, stand in the tree lot on Route 9W. The organization had 34 trees stolen Friday, Nov. 23. Marcy V Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Rudofsky said the Lions are grateful for support from the greater community. The money will be put towards the sale’s profits, but it still isn’t enough to make up for the lost trees.

Police are looking for the suspects, but said there isn’t a lot to go on. They are now asking anyone who might have been in the area and noticed anything unusual to contact the Bethlehem Police Department.

“We hear about incidents like this every year, but this is more disturbing for people because it is done as a charity drive,” said department spokesman Lt. Thomas Heffernan.

He said it’s not unusual for those who sell Christmas trees to have a few taken each year. Sometimes, the thefts go unnoticed or are not reported to police because they are hard to track.

“This is unusual because someone took 34 of them and it’s not like they’re going to fit in a pickup. Someone would need a box truck or a truck with a trailer,” he said.

Police are investigating the case, but have very little suspect information. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call 439-9973.

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