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Stolen Truck, Trailer, and Christmas Trees Found

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A Hamlin farmer is looking forward to having a Happy Thanksgiving after authorities recovered hundreds of stolen Christmas trees stored in a trailer attached to his pickup truck.
YNN was there when truck and trailer owner Joe Haberger picked up his trees at St. Leo Church in Hilton.

It was the morning before Thanksgiving, when someone stole Christmas right out of Haberger's driveway.

"It's one of those stories where a local farmer buying Christmas trees trying to sell them for the holidays and somebody decided they were going to steal them," said Drew Forsythe, Monroe County Sheriff Captain.

Haberger purchased more than 350 trees to sell at Rochester's Public Market.

"I was very upset because there's a lot more money there. A lot of money to replace if I didn't get it back," said Haberger.

Haberger had stored more than $12,000 worth of Christmas trees in a trailer attached to his pickup truck. Wednesday morning he noticed the truck was gone.

"Apparently there was a key that was accessible inside the vehicle that was used to take the vehicle," said Forsythe.

But the call for the public's help by the Monroe County Sheriff's department was answered by late Wednesday afternoon. That's when a passerby noticed the stolen pickup and trailer abandoned in the parking lot at St. Leo Catholic Church at Lake Avenue.

"I'm happy it's found. I can't believe someone would steal it. They must have went for a joy ride with it or something," said Haberger.

Haberger says the some of the wheels were blown out on the trailer, but his pickup and most of the trees were there. He guesses more than 20 were missing from the bunch.
Authorities are still investigating and currently there are no suspects

"And we got the truck back so that's great. The trees are there and so I'm happy," said Haberger.

He says he's glad he has enough trees to still help make someone's Christmas merry....

"We're selling them up at the Public Market in the city up on Union Street starting this week," said Haberger.

He says it's enough for him to be thankful for.

"Have a good Thanksgiving," said Haberger.

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