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Serial Tree Killer Chopping Cedars in El Dorado County

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EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — Someone is targeting cedar trees and Robert Dietz isn’t happy about it.

The El Dorado County resident has taken extreme measures against the person cutting down cedar trees including placing boobie traps and hidden cameras nearby.

The trees he said, were planted about 25 years ago to keep out noise from busy Lotus Road.

He finally caught the tree chopper in action with an infared camera.

“This person made sure these trees were killed and they didn’t grow back,” Dietz said.

He says the serial tree killer has been to his property three times in the last four months, late at night to chop down his trees.

“Only incense cedars. Not deodar cedars. Not pine trees. Not oak trees. It’s this tree.”

Even more puzzling, Dietz says the serial chopper doesn’t take the trees he cuts. Instead, he tosses them into a nearby pond like they’re garbage.

“They are strong enough to pick a 10-foot tree up and throw it from this road into the pond,” he said. “They just cut them down just to cut them down.”

He says other properties along Lotus Road have seen the same thing happen to their cedar trees. He’s now hoping this video will lead to an arrest and some relief.

Robert says he’ll keep replanting and replacing these trees until he’s too old or he runs out of money. He’s offering a $500 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

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