Thousands of dollars worth of Christmas trees stolen from Gardnerville lot

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 12/09/2013 11:48 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The holidays are a season for giving, but a Gardnerville tree lot is missing thousands of dollars in trees after a burglary Sunday night.

The lot is owned by family-run Ferguson Farms based out of Oregon. News 4 caught up with Ken Ferguson at their Reno location, 7250 S. Virginia St., and he said the break-in won't break his holiday spirit.

"It's Christmas time," Ferguson said. "It's supposed to be a giving time."
Ferguson said everyone should be able to have a real Christmas tree. 

"The come in the lot here, we can see they're down and out," he said. "I turn around, give them a tree."

Through his family's company, Ferguson Farms, he tries to make that happen by keeping prices affordable. 

"We've kind of found that happy medium to where we can make a living and still have them where they can have a real tree," he said. "Instead of price gauging like is going on."

That practice is the reason Ferguson says his properties have been vandalized and burglarized, as recently as Sunday night in Gardnerville. 

"[They] took down the whole back fence, turned around and stole a whole bunch of noble firs, grand firs and nordman fir," which Ferguson said is about five thousand dollars worth of trees. 

"It has nothing to do with the money," Ferguson said. "It's just that somebody just keeps picking at you all the time, just pick pick pick. "

Ferguson has been working for the family-owned company for 45 years and says before the last few years he'd never seen anything like this. Now, it's a different story.

"Every year something's going on," Ferguson said. "Last year someone chopped my whole lot apart right down the street."
He said it's because of his low prices but he's not willing to raise them to make it stop. 

"There's no giving in," Ferguson said. "The public's going to win in this one. 'Cause I'm going to keep lowering my trees, lowering my trees until someone's going to go broke around here. I don't think it's going to be me."

Ferguson also said the stolen trees aren't going to stop him from donating trees to families in need through the Boys and Girls Club just like he has done for the past few years.
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Whitney - 12/13/2013 8:44 PM
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Theese folks enjoy bring Christmas here. It never seems to fail that their is a ba hum bug person! Thank you Ferguson Farms! Merry Christmas

Whitney - 12/13/2013 8:35 PM
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First of all theese are good honest folks. it only takes meeting them a few times to know it. And. They love what they do . So e joy their beautiful trees. WH. Dayton Nv

Kramer - 12/10/2013 3:24 PM
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"merry" is what is known as a "shill", and calling a story a 'lie' is kinda rude.

Paladin - 12/10/2013 2:03 PM
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"Merry" obviously has a grudge and her diatribe was simply an advertisement for Reno Christmas Trees. No doubt, either a friend or family member of the business owner.

pops1 - 12/10/2013 12:55 PM
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well I,m glad ASHLEY call them CHRISTMAS TREES and not holiday trees ,. and I hope they catch those that took the CHRISTMAS TREES !!

Nevadadad - 12/10/2013 9:20 AM
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I wonder how "Merry" could know if the report was true or not? Does "Merry" have evidence that the report is a lie? I smell a grudge... and a grinch. If the victim made a report to the police and it's a plausible story, there's no reason why it shouldn't be reported by news sources.

Merry - 12/10/2013 12:30 AM
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The story is a lie, no one would steal his trees. Just like the lie last year about his lights being cut. He had no proof for that either. It is to bad this news station believes such things. The tree lot on Kietzke and Virginia had some trees stolen you could see the drag marks in the snow. But they didn't lie for publicity. We went to every lot we could find and found the highest quality and best deal on Kietzke and Virginia. And we left a positive review for them on Google. Do the research yourself Google "Reno Christmas Trees"

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