Christmas trees stolen from Waterbury school fundraiser


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Bart Cammarasana started a Christmas tree fundraiser at Saints Peter and Paul school three ago to raise money for the kids.

Over the weekend, neighbors saw someone drive a red SUV into the lot and leave with eight of the largest trees.

“It is unreal that someone would do this at this time of year, right after Thanksgiving, and of course, the Christmas season,” said Cammarasana. “Saturday morning at 4 a.m., one of the parents who lives close to the school heard a noise, came out, and witnessed a red SUV leaving the school with the tree protruding from the back.”

After the first bunch of Christmas trees were stolen over the weekend, Cammarasana installed a light.

“I put up a light in the tree lot that would stay on all day, hoping to deter this from happening again. It didn’t work out as I had hoped,” said Cammarasana.

The Christmas tree thief came back Monday in the early morning hours and stole two more trees. Neighbors said they saw two trees in the back of an SUV.

Kids and parents want the person who stole the trees to return them.

“Return the trees. It’s for the kids. As parents, we do it and support any child and we hope you don’t do it again ultimately,” said Cammarasana.

He says it will cost the school hundreds of dollars to replace the trees.

“I was beside myself. I just didn’t think that Christmas trees would be on the top of anyone’s list,” said Cammarasana.

Saints Peter and Paul school is located at 116 Beecher Ave in Waterbury. The Christmas tree fundraiser is Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Update: The Home Depot assistant store manager in Milldale contacted News 8 saying the store would like to replace the stolen Christmas trees. Others in the community have also reached out and offered their support leaving Cammarasana overwhelmed “The generosity of the community, the surrounding communities, Home Depot, and so many others have reached out with donations in support of the school. It’s for the kids. That’s what it’s all about.”

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