Police: Tree trimmer stole $80,000 in watches

Police: Tree trimmer stole $80,000 in watches

Police: Tree trimmer stole $80,000 in watches

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 12:24 PM

LADUE, Mo. (AP) -- A tree trimmer is accused of stealing nearly $80,000 worth of watches along with other jewelry from a client’s home in the tiny St. Louis suburb of Ladue.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Dennis Koenig of O’Fallon, Missouri, is charged with stealing and burglary. He does not have a listed attorney and is not yet in custody.

Ladue resident Robert Lococo says Koenig worked for him for several years, trimming trees once or twice a year. This winter, Lococo noticed he was missing 13 valuable watches and several other pieces of jewelry.

Police checked with second-hand gold dealers for recent sales, leading them to Koenig.

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