Nearly 2,000 lbs of Wreath Tips Seized in Weekend Busts

Two counties in Maine were the targets of illegal tippers this weekend, looking to make some money off the holiday business.

According to Maine Forest Rangers, two individuals were charged Friday afternoon in Steuben, for stealing over 400 pounds of evergreen tips used to make wreaths and garland.

On Sunday, four others were charged with the same offense in Whiting.

Rangers seized over 1,400 pounds in that case, an amount valued at over $500.

They say one of the individuals facing charges may have a prior conviction of stealing tips.

All of them are being charged with "Theft of Evergreen Bows," which is a criminal offense. They will appear in court in January.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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