BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fishermen in Boothbay Harbor say they just don't understand it.
Very early the morning of Sunday, June 6, somebody cut down the 70-foot tall spruce tree at the Fishermen's Memorial on the east side of the harbor.
The tree was actually growing there long before the memorial was ever built, and had become such a part of the memorial that it was featured on the flag and sweatshirt logo for the memorial.
Police say whoever cut the tree used a chain saw, and at least two neighbors said they were awakened by the noise - but did not look outside to see what was happening.
Police do have video from a security camera at a nearby wharf, which shows a car driving in and turning around at about the same time the tree was cut. Investigators are now trying to find the driver and the passenger from that car. The department has posted photos of the car and one of the occupants on its Facebook page, and is hoping people will call if they recognize either of them.
The Fishermen's Memorial Association is also offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person who cut down the tree. And both fishermen and the police say the tree itself meant a great deal to local people.
"We're also hoping people understand this is more than a 70 year old spruce tree," says Officer Ferriter. "As I've been doing the investigation, I've likened it to somebody coming into the town square and cutting the tree they light for Christmas every year. They don't light this tree up, but its that kind of importance to the history here in Boothbay Harbor."