Posted at: 11/21/2012 12:48 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2012 6:21 PM
By: Ray Levato
A truck filled with 230 Christmas trees, that was stolen from a farm in Hamlin Wednesday morning, were found in Hilton.
The sheriff's office said someone heard the description on the news and saw the vehicles matching that description and called 911.
Dick Haberger and his brother, Joe, say they bought the trees at an auction in Pennsylvania and brought them up in two trailers to sell at the public market. They say they've been doing this for years as a way to bring in some income in the month of December when the produce season is over with. They were able to take a more accurate count and say about 230 trees were in the stolen trailer. All were Douglas Fir.
Sheriff's deputies found a bicycle left behind at the Haberger Farm in Hamlin and speculate someone took the pickup and trailer for a joyride. The owners acknowledge they left the keys inside the truck, but didn't think anybody would drive it away.
The Habergers say the Christmas trees are valued at about $12,000, but the 28 foot long trailer and pickup are worth more than $50,000, so they're happy to have them back as well. No word on any suspects yet.