Three men charged with stealing Christmas tree to pay for cutting down tree
NORTH FARGO - The three men charged in connection with stealing a Colorado Blue Spruce tree last Christmas, won't go to jail, but they will pay up.
It's an update to a story WDAY-TV first brought you in December.
That's when Paul Vogel in North Fargo discovered a longtime family treasure had been cut down near his farm's driveway.
The Christmas tree had been planted 30-years ago by Vogel and his father.
After a lot of his own detective work, Vogel was able to discover who was behind the theft, after seeing the tree being loaded into a truck after the holidays.
Benjamin Shepherd, Brett Braseth, and Kyle Braaten were charged with taking the tree and putting it up at a house near NDSU.
After several court hearings, the men finally were told they would each pay $950 to replace the stolen tree.