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Tree thief strikes Burlington church

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BURLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A church in Burlington is asking the thief or thieves to return trees stolen from a special memorial that the congregation just put up last month. 

The Congregational Church of Burlington's new meditation labyrinth is an area to walk around and reflect, according to the Rev. Wendell Taylor. The labyrinth was used during the second or third century by Christian churches as a prayer tool. 

"We just want it to be a thing that anybody that comes by can use," he said. "You know, to slow, to experience some peace they may not have in their lives."

However, recently some trees were stolen from the labyrinth.

"It's a shame, you know, to have somebody, mess it up," said church member Bob Marsh.

On two occasions since the labyrinth was built, someone has taken some of the decorative plantings, namely four arborvitae trees, from the memorial, according to church officials.

"You'd like to see it whole, just because it's a sacred spot now for us in the community," Taylor said.

And it hurts even more that this was a true labor of love, an Eagle Scout project by Jack Reitz, in memory of his father Mike, who died from brain cancer when he was just an infant.

"He was a good father," Marsh said. "The children were very young."

Ideally the church would like whoever took these trees to return them back to the meditation labyrinth.

However, barring that, they'd like someone with information to report it to police, or perhaps a contribution to replace these trees that have been lost.

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