Cloverdale’s RCMP Community Response Unit brings the monkey tree home. (Dayna Alexsis / Facebook)

Cloverdale RCMP weren’t monkeying around when it came to tree theft

Monkey puzzle tree was spotted by local police before it was even reported stolen

In a happy ending to a puzzling theft, Dayna Greenbaum’s monkey puzzle tree was returned to her on Feb. 7, a week after it was stolen from her front yard.

The 7-ft, 400-lb tree was taken from her home in the 17800-block of 57A Avenue sometime in the night on Jan. 31, and Greenbaum reported the theft in the late afternoon of Friday, Feb. 2.

She took to social media to post about the missing tree, worth an estimated $2,500, which she described as “part of our family.”

“We have been taking care and watching it grow for seven years,” she wrote. “I don’t know what happened.”

Meanwhile, local police officers had already spotted the distinctive monkey puzzle tree.

“The unique tree was spotted by our Cloverdale District 4 Community Response Unit (CRU) members on Feb. 1 before it was reported stolen,” said Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann.

When the call came in on Friday afternoon that the monkey tree they had spotted was stolen property, the officers returned to the area where they had seen it, only to discover the tree had disappeared.

According to Schumann, RCMP officers questioned several people in the area as to the tree’s whereabouts and the stolen property was later turned over to police on Feb. 6. “I guess you could say the thief was feeling the heat!” said Schumann.

The monkey tree was immediately returned to its rightful owner, who was extremely grateful.

“A huge thank you to the RCMP Community Response Unit Cloverdale!!” Greenbaum wrote on Facebook. “Your hard work does not go unnoticed. This is the perfect example of a happy ending and I know that for many people it’s not … we feel very fortunate.”

“It is a great feeling being part of community that cares,” she wrote, thanking the support of her friends who had “been supportive and encouraged [her] not to give up.”

In an interview with the Cloverdale Reporter, Greenbaum said she didn’t care who took the tree, she was just happy to have it returned to her. “It was on the lam for a week,” she said. “I never expected to have it returned.”

With the help of friends, Greenbaum re-planted the tree last night. It has a few broken branches and a bit of “road rash,” but is expected to make a full recovery.

The file remains under investigation to determine who stole the tree or was in possession of the tree before it was surrendered to RCMP.



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Giants hand Victoria their first lost of the season

Langley’s WHL team went head to head with the Royals for the second day in a row, beating them 3-2.

VIDEO: Rollover closes down Willowbrook Drive in Langley overnight

Mounties are working to find the cause of a crash early Sunday morning on the Langley-Surrey border.

Winning streak comes to end in Victoria for Langley-based Giants

G-Men fell in overtime in first of two games against the Royals on Vancouver Island this weekend.

VIDEO: Langley brothers campaign to help refugees get bikes

Program enters third year, adds homeless

VIDEO: Diwali celebrated in Langley

Muriel Arnason library marks 15th annual event

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Students unhappy with SFU’s response after violent incident in class

Professor, students say a man threw chairs and hit a female student

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Man struck by car in Burnaby: reports

Pedestrian was taken to hospital

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

Police looking into VPD-involved collision that sent 3 to hospital

The independent police watchdog has been notified

Police investigate after woman stabbed in Vancouver

Report came in about a ‘disturbance’ in the Killarney neighbourhood

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

Most Read