By Cathy Elelman • 25 November 2019 • 20:00
PRICEY: The three stolen trees are valued at more than €1,000.
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria
ADDING a natural woodland feature to wedding decorations in Vera has landed a company manager in trouble with the law.
The Guardia Civil has opened an investigation into the 41-year old boss of a wedding floral decoration business on suspicion of stealing council-owned trees from Benahadux to incorporate as part of the design for a nuptials celebration in a Vera restaurant.
The move followed a notification from Benahadux Local Police that the local authority’s Environment department had reported the disappearance of three Peruvian pepper trees valued at more than €1,000.
Guardia officers carried out an inspection of the area where the trees were located and questioned local residents and witnesses, managing to gather useful information on how they had been chopped down, who was responsible and the vehicle used to remove them.
Drives around the surrounding area over several days eventually led to the location of the company’s vehicle near to a zone of industrial estates and to finding company employees nearby.
Investigating officers established that the company was in the middle of organising the decorations for the Vera event. Sure enough when they went to check out the venue there were the missing trees.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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