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Vandals Ruin Evergreens In Spring Grove Subdivision

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A woman walks through a snow covered park in Bratislava as the first snow of the season cloaks the city on December 3, 2010. Fresh snowfalls swept northern Europe, shutting down airports, blocking roads and forcing Eurostar international rail service cancellations, as forecasters warned of more to come. (Credit: SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPRING GROVE, Ill. (CBS) — Something happened to the pines in the Pine Meadow subdivision in Spring Grove.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, one resident of the subdivision says the culprits were just out to hurt people.

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Vandals struck in the night, cutting the tops off of evergreen trees on at least 10 properties, the Northwest Herald reported.

One homeowner, Jim Griffin, told the newspaper he lost six newly-planted trees that were cut off at about eye level, the tops scattered around the neighborhood.

Some branches ended up in Griffin’s pool, while others found their way onto neighbors’ playground sets, in the roads, or propped up against stop signs, the Northwest Herald reported. Several of Griffin’s landscape lights were also broken, the newspaper reported.

Griffin tells the Northwest Herald the damage is about $4,000, and he’ll have to live with the flattop evergreens all winter.

Police say they have some good leads in the case. The suspects could be charged with criminal damage to property, the newspaper reported.

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