Atherton police have sent the results of an investigation into the alleged cutting down of a neighbor's tree without permission to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution on charges of trespassing and grand theft, police say.
Sgt. Anthony Kockler said the incident occurred on Polhemus Avenue on July 17, when a resident reported someone had cut down a tree in her back yard without permission.
The woman said her neighbor had asked permission to remove a branch that was against a joint fence, but that she had said she would have her gardener inspect the tree or trim it. She told her neighbor she did not want anyone entering her property, police said.
The police report says the neighbor said he believed he had permission from the resident's gardener to cut down the tree, and that workers went over the fence from his yard to remove the tree, Sgt. Kockler said.
Sgt. Kockler said the town's arborist had been asked to look at the stump to try to determine the size of the downed tree, but the report did not contain the results of that investigation.