People are always searching for the perfect Christmas tree.

It's a thing. When it comes to the holidays, people can be a little nutty when it comes to the lengths they'll go to, to provide the ultimate holiday experience. Normally, it comes in the form of crazy light displays, or over-the-top decorating. And for others, it's all about the perfect Christmas tree.

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Now, when it comes to the perfect tree, most people head to the tree farm. Or they seek out the perfect fake tree that will satisfy them for years to come. Most people however, don't usually drive by their local fire department everyday and plot how they're going to take their perfect tree off top of another tree... that doesn't belong to them.

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Welp, that just happened in Vassalboro.

The Vassalboro Fire Department and the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office both released statements on Facebook about the incident. But what it looks like, is that someone literally backed a vehicle up to the fire department, hacked the top off a pretty large pine tree, and made off with it. Here's the before photo...

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One can assume in the month of December, that the top from this tree is now proudly sitting in someone's living room. The sad part though, is the tree that was cut has serious history for the VFD. It was donated by longtime firefighter Tom Richards, and his wife. According to the VFD Facebook post, Tom volunteered for over 40 years with the VFD. So they take this theft pretty personally. Here's how the poor tree looks now:

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Have they caught the person?

Not yet. The trouble is, the area where the tree is located, is out of the view of the cameras on the property. So they can't be sure who did it. But the VFD and the Sheriff's Dept. are gathering all leads to try and find the person or persons. This might not be such a big deal if it weren't for the history the tree has.

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This is literally the opposite of the Christmas spirit. Either someone thinks stealing the top off the tree is hilarious and there was way too much cheap beer involved, or this is a highly personal affront to the VFD. Either way, this is about the least Christmas-y thing you could do, to folks who do so much for the community.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Deputy Curtis from the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office by calling the Augusta Regional Communications Center at 207-624-7076.

Hopefully none of these Christmas trees are stolen this year...

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