Dozens of trees stolen from tree grower in Shawano County

TOWN OF RICHMOND, Wis. (WBAY) - A Shawano County tree grower says dozens of Christmas trees were stolen from his property. Dan Hanauer and his family own nine farms in the Shawano area.

The operational center for Hanauer’s Tree Farms where the trees were stolen it's just north of Shawano off Highway 55. They’ve owned it for 53 years now and the trees are primarily sold wholesale and shipped off.

It was Monday morning when Dan Hanauer noticed something wasn’t right.

“It had snowed until about 2 p.m Sunday afternoon and I came here down to the loading area with a customer. I could see tracks and I could see piles of trees that had been disturbed, because the snow was not on top of the piles,” said Hanauer.

It wasn't long before he realized 75-100 of his trees were gone. He said total its $2,500.00 taken from his family business.

“The most frustrating part is the fact that you work hard, for years, these trees are 15 years old, from the time the seed was planted, you work hard for years and years and get no return, you work hard in the snow, you work in the cold, you work in the rain, you work in the heat, then somebody else thinks they should be entitled to the proceeds,” said Hanauer.

The Shawano County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case.