Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree

Posted by: IceMyst

Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/15/05 09:37 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man has pleaded guilty to cutting down a pine tree at a Michigan airport. Bart Bellin says he did it because he couldn't afford to buy a Christmas tree.

Police say they cracked the case because Bellin dropped his checkbook at the scene. Officers went to his apartment and found the tree.

After being scolded by the judge, Bellin called it "a foolish choice."

He said it took only a few minutes to cut down the six-foot tree with a handsaw. It happened November 28th at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

Bellin pleaded guilty to larceny and destruction of property. He'll be sentenced in February.

The tree was given to a family.

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Posted by: IceMyst

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/15/05 09:38 PM

I just thought that was so funny when i saw it...
Posted by: §intå×

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/16/05 03:43 AM

That is a bit harsh. It is a fucking pine tree, they grow on anything...
Posted by: Artic Warrior

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/19/05 01:33 AM

Haven't you heard of the PTR act (Pine Tree Rights Act).
It was funny, and harsh, and stupid. Can you imagine what drove him to cut down someone else's pine tree in the first place.
Posted by: IceMyst

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/19/05 02:41 AM

At least it wasnt his neighbors tree...
Posted by: Gremelin

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/24/05 09:21 AM

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Originally posted by IceMyst:
At least it wasnt his neighbors tree...
That's more my style..
Posted by: IceMyst

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/24/05 06:51 PM

no, having someone else do it for you is your style (i.e. neo)
Posted by: Girlie

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 12/24/05 10:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Artic Warrior:
Can you imagine what drove him to cut down someone else's pine tree in the first place.
yea....apparently he couldn't afford one...

Quote:
Originally posted by Icemyst:

Bart Bellin says he did it because he couldn't afford to buy a Christmas tree.
Posted by: LeviMrJeans

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 01/04/06 08:07 PM

i mean c'mon, it's miserable if you can't afford a tree. Can't have christmas without a tree! What does an airport need their tree for. It's just one anyway. eh heh
Posted by: IceMyst

Re: Man pleads guilty to cutting down airport tree - 01/04/06 08:18 PM

you say it's just one and they let it go and next year there'll be 10 gone...