- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ATHERTON — The case of the missing tree has been referred to the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution, according to Sgt. Anthony Kockler of the Atherton Police Department.

On July 17, a resident of Polhemus Avenue called police to report that her neighbor had removed a tree from her yard without permission.

The resident told investigators that a neighbor had asked permission to remove a branch near a fence, but that she told the neighbor she would have her gardener inspect or trim the tree. She also said she didn’t want anybody else on her property.

The neighbor told officers that he believed he had permission from the resident’s gardener to cut down and remove the tree, and that he sent workers to do that.

Kockler said the Atherton arborist would be sent to examine the stump to determine the age of the tree.

Email John Orr at [email protected]

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