LODI (CBS13) — An alleged cherry tree root thief was arrested in Lodi Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office announced.
Deputies say a farmer on Harney Lane had dozens of cherry tree roots stolen last week. An investigation led them to a homeless camp where they found more than 100 roots near Marcos Barron’s camp.READ MORE: Disguised On DoorDash? Several Chain Restaurants Marketing Food Under Different Names
The stolen tree roots are worth approximately $3,300, officials said. They were returned to the farmer and Barron was booked on theft charges.READ MORE: Turkey Shatters Window, Breaks Into Fair Oaks Dentist's Office During Patient Appointments
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Deputies also found a porta-potty and detached trailer in the homeless camp that belongs to a Patterson company, but say there was insufficient evidence to charge Barron with possessing the stolen items. The items were returned to the rightful owners.