- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City man has been accused of cutting rings around the trunks of three trees owned by Mason City, killing them.

The Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1M9nBUq ) reports that 63-year-old Robert Willemsen is charged with one felony count of second-degree criminal mischief.

Court documents say the trees are located right outside Willemsen’s home. Authorities say the trees had a line cut all the way around the trunk about three feet off the ground.

According to documents, the trees were unable to absorb water due to the damage they sustained and died.

The estimated cost of removing the dead trees and replacing them is nearly $1,700.

Police Sgt. Tiffany Creekmur said Willemsen has acknowledged damaging the trees on Aug. 14, but has not explained his motive.

Online court records do not list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Willemsen’s behalf. And messages left on Willemsen’s voice mail went unanswered.

It is unclear what kind of trees Willemsen is accused of damaging.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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