Vandals strike Sylvan Island

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Vandals chopped down donated trees that were planted at Sylvan Gateway Park on Sylvan Island in Moline, Illinois.

A man who uses the park every day reported the vandalism Friday morning, August 31.

Three 12-feet-tall swamp oak trees planted over the summer were apparently cut down by vandals late Thursday, August 30 or early Friday, August 31, 2012.  The trees were planted along a trail that leads to the bike and walking path on the Sylvan Slough. 

 It appeared someone used a handsaw to cut down the trees. 

A parks department manager said the trees were about eight years old and are worth about $400 apiece.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-9500.