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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

People rally around Boy Scouts victimized by Xmas tree thieves



Tied-down trees yesterday at the scene of the crime outside the church.
(Globe Photo by Wiqan Ang)

Offers of help are streaming in for a Wayland Boy Scout troop after a Grinch this weekend stole as many as 50 of the Christmas trees the scouts had hoped to sell.

The owner of Russell's Garden Center in Wayland called and offered to donate 25 trees to the boys, who sell them as an annual fundraiser. A Sudbury Boy Scout troop will give them another 30 trees. As of this morning, callers had also promised more than $4,000 in cash donations.

Marcia MacLeod, an administrative assistant at Community Methodist Church who has been fielding the calls all day, said it's been uplifting. She can't wait to tell the Boy Scouts not to cancel any of their plans because of a lack of funds.

Peter Bachman, the assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troup 1 Cochituate, said he still has 30 messages on his voice mail. "I'm overwhelmed," he said "It's amazing."

Wayland Police said they had no good leads in the theft, which the Boy Scouts discovered Sunday.

For more on the Wayland tree caper, read the story in today's City & Region section.

-- Kristen Green

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