CrimeTracker 15: The Case Of The Stolen Lemon Tree

UPDATED: Friday, July 22, 2011 --- 4:18 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

About 20-years ago Greg Schmidt and his wife bought a lemon tree after a trip to Italy.

" We were just so blown away by that idea that you could have a lemon tree but have it in a pot. "

Greg and his wife went to bed at about 11 o'clock Thursday night. They believe the tree was still on their front steps at that time.

But when they woke up it was gone!

" I came out to get the paper and it took me sort of a second to realize what was happening. But it was like oh my God the lemon tree is not here. "

Greg says he immediately thought it was some sort of a prank. So, he ran across the street to the Yahara River thinking maybe someone dropped it in there.

But, he didn't see anything.

Greg noticed some strange tire tracks in the driveway and based on the trees size and weight he doesn't think anyone would be able to walk off with it.

Greg has made fliers and given them to neighbors. He's asking for information about his missing tree.

He's also asking for his tree back.

" If they felt so moved to bring it back to us...we certainly would be happy to see it back again. "

If you have any information you can call Greg or his wife Hanna at 249-4941 or 217-1847.

You can also contact the Madison Police Department.

Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 --- 12:05 p.m.

Incident report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type:

Incident Date:
07/22/2011 - 7:43 AM

600 Riverside Drive


Continuing Investigation!

45-year-old male of Madison

Madison Police responded to the 600 block of Riverside Drive reference the theft of a 20-year-old lemon tree. The tree was located on the front porch of a residence, and is thought to be worth more than $2,500.00. Officers took the report on 7/22/2011 at 7:43am, and the rare tree was taken sometime over night. The tree was described as weighing approximately 100 lbs and stood approximately 6 feet in height. If anyone knows the existence of such a woody perennial, they are encouraged to contact The Madison Police Department with information.