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December 24th, 2013
City warns of tree-trimming scam


The city of San Marcos on Monday, Dec. 23 issued this advisory to residents:

The city of San Marcos is warning residents about a scam in which men who claimed to be tree subcontractors with the city then burglarized a home on Old Ranch Road 12.

A San Marcos couple reported Monday that their home was burglarized on Dec. 18 after two men came to their home claiming to be tree-trimming subcontractors with the city of San Marcos.

While one man walked around the home with the couple, another suspect entered their home and stole jewelry and other valuables. The couple reported the incident to police.

The couple, who did not want their names released, described one suspect as a well groomed Hispanic male, about 5’4” tall in his late 30s. The vehicle used was a full-sized red pickup with wooden sides on the bed of the truck.

San Marcos Electric Utility and the city’s tree trimming contractor do trim trees on private property when necessary to maintain clearance on the electric power lines.

Customers can call Electric Utility crew leader David Gaona at 512-393-4918 for any tree trimming questions. The City does maintain trees in public rights-of-way and City parks both with staff and contractors.

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact the San Marcos police at 512-753-2108 or Hays County Crime Stoppers at 512-353-TIPS.

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  1. Thank you for printing the advisory from the City of San Marcos. I’ve been told the Record finally did the same but not as early as one would have liked.

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