Hamden PD investigates stolen Christmas trees from Boy Scout troop fundraiser

New Haven

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are working to track down the Grinch who stole Christmas trees from a local Boy Scout troop fundraiser.

Troop 600 is selling trees in the Mount Carmel Congregational Church Parking lot at the corner of Whitney and Sherman Avenue.

When they opened for business around 5 p.m. Wednesday, they discovered five trees were missing. Then two more trees were taken, and even their sign was stolen, sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday night and 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The troop is selling a total of 150 trees and most go for $75 a piece.

It’s the troop’s biggest annual fundraiser and the money raised supports programs all year long.

“We’re a new troop and this is our largest fundraiser,” said Boy Scout Troop 600 Scout Master David Zunski. “This is how we support the program that we run for the boys for a year, and you know, it’s a dent in our operating budget. So it’s disappointing.”

Zunski said the first five trees stolen were taken sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday. He added this has happened before to another troop that sells trees across town.

The Scouts hold their meetings at this church, which sponsors them and allows them to have the Christmas tree fundraiser on their property.

“You know, we’re trying to help kids become leaders and learn a love for the outdoors and to be stewards of the outdoors, and you know, to take away from them is unfortunate,” Zunski said.

If you’re interested in buying a tree from the scouts, you can do so at the church from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. They will be selling trees until they are sold out.

Additionally, the troop has a pancake breakfast coming up on Dec 5. at 11 a.m. It will be held at the church and there will be free pictures with Santa! Kids and seniors are $5, adults are $10 and those under two will eat free.

A GoFundMe has also been created for anyone interested in donating to Troop 600.

If you have any information about this, you can call Hamden Police at (203) 230-4000.

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