Thieves cut down and stole a memorial tree from The Yakima Arboretum. The tree was noticed missing yesterday morning by the groundskeeper.

The Arboretum's executive director says the tree came to Yakima from Oregon and was planted in memory of a supporter.

She thinks the thieves will most likely use it as a Christmas tree.

Unfortunately, it's not the first time something like this happened there. A similar instance happened about 10 years ago.

The Arboretum locks its gates at night and has now put protective wiring around the remaining memorial trees.

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