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Teen vandals cut down 70-foot pine tree at high school, officials say

June 7, 2012 |  6:10 am

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are asking for the public's help in tracking down a group of teenagers who are believed to have cut down a 70-foot tree at a Santa Clarita high school, causing an estimated $15,000 in damage.

"Several unknown suspects" between the ages of 15 and 19 used chainsaws to cut down the 40-year-old pine tree on Canyon High School's campus sometime during the night of June 1, according to the Sheriff Department's Santa Clarita Valley Station.

When the tree fell, it "narrowly missed" power lines and a building, officials said. Surveillance video captured the suspects running away about 4 a.m., they said.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the incident to call (661) 799-5134, (661) 799-5158 or (800) 222-8477.


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