Vandals target elderly couple’s home

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YUKON, Okla. - A Yukon woman's lifelong project is slowly being cut away by nameless vandals.

Now her and her husband of nearly 50 year simply want to know why.

"Through the years, that was my thing," said 77-year-old Freddie Daniels. "I like to garden, I like to plant."

When Freddie and Ken Daniels moved into their home in Yukon decades ago, Freddie set right to work making her yard the toast of the block.

"There's landscaping all around the house," said Ken. "She's the architect of it all."

"It's peaceful to look outside and see trees, and not street," said Freddie.

Now this architect feels helpless, as bits of her art have been cut away branch by branch.

"I saw that a number of branches had been cut off....more than 20 have been cut off," said Freddie. "We've just been vandalized."

The family first called their gardener, then city officials looking for who's responsible.

But no one seemed to know who was behind the tree trimmings.

Freddie believes it's the holiday season that have vandals pining for her pine trees.

She says this time of year people are making decorations and pine is hard to come by.

But it's not the loss of limbs that has the Daniels' worried, it's the loss of their peace of mind.

"People need to know that's hurtful," said Freddie. "It's something that somebody can't replace."

"That's how deeply it is in her," said Ken. "That's one of the things I love about her."

They've since added additional lighting outside, and a home security system, doing anything possible to stop the branch bandits.

"Other than getting a big dog," said Freddie. "I'm working on [Ken], he hasn't agreed to that yet."


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