Lemon tree theft has neighbors scratching heads


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News


Posted on June 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 12:00 AM

HOUSTON—A bizarre theft in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston has left neighbors scratching their heads.

The crook didn’t go for jewelry or electronics. Rather, he targeted a tree.

It happened on Thursday between 8 a.m. and noon near Ella Blvd. and Pinemont Drive.

Kae Bruney was attending her son’s middle school graduation. She noticed something was different when they returned home, but couldn’t put her finger on what it was.

Then she noticed a gaping hole in her front yard. The lemon tree she planted back in February was gone.

“To take the time to dig out a tree. That’s a special kind of stupid,” said Bruney. “They don’t realize, it’s too late to plant. You’ve got a lemon tree you can’t do anything with.”

Some of Bruney’s neighbors were home when it happened, but nobody saw a thing.

“What’s going on that someone would steal a lemon tree?” asked Bruney. “I was definitely looking forward to making lemonade.”

Bruney said she might be laughing, but she’s also hoping the culprit gets what he deserves.

“I hope you find yourself stricken with dysentery on a long drive in the middle of nowhere,” she laughed. “If you needed my lemons so bad, I hope they serve you well.”

Bruney said the lemon tree was only worth about $50. She now plans to buy a bigger one that will be much harder to dig out and carry away.