Police: Syracuse tree vandalism suspect left behind car parts, his ID

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A Syracuse man suspected of running town trees in four city parks was caught after he left his wallet – including his identification – and car parts in two parks, according to court documents.

Court documents also indicated that he used his mother’s 2003 Subaru when he ran down nearly 90 trees in Schiller, Eastwood Heights, Rose Hill Cemetery/Highland, and McChesney parks.

Police estimate that the damage would cost around $26,000. The damage was significant enough that the trees are not expected to survive even if they’re replanted.

30-year-old David Thomas got into mother’s 2003 Subaru around 3:30am Tuesday, drove to four parks and ran over trees.

He was charged with second-degree criminal mischief.

It is not known at this time why Thomas allegedly ran the trees down.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222. All calls will remain confidential. Anonymous tips may also be submitted using the “SPD Tips” app.

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