'Shrubbery vandals' use chainsaw to wreck landscaping

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Phoenix police are trying to track down the vandals who took some “landscaping” into their own hands.

Phoenix resident Rick Sorenson says he doesn't know who's responsible for cutting dozens of branches from the shrubs that line the fence of his home.

In the middle of the night, someone took a chainsaw to his bushes, and chopped down all the bushes on the west side of the house.

“If you look at it, they're pretty clean cuts,” Sorenson says. “It's like they're used to working with a chain saw.”

But that's not all. Once the suspects were done with the bushes, they piled all the branches in front of Sorenson's garage door, blocking his driveway.

“The officer pointed out that this appeared to be a vindictive thing,” says Sorenson. “Why else drag it around, branch by branch, and pile it up in front of my driveway, except to make a statement?”

Sorenson says he suspects someone wasn't happy about the trees lining the sidewalk of his home.

He says he got a complaint years ago, and since that day, he says he's done everything he could to keep the sidewalk clear.

“People should not have any problem getting by,” he says.

In fact Sorenson says he had made plans to trim the bushes again. But apparently whoever took the chainsaw to his trees couldn't wait. Now, they could be in trouble with the law.

“The officer said it's called criminal damage. And I'm not sure what it's going to cost, but I'm going have to pay my landscaper to haul it away, and he's going to have to make two or three trips to get it out of here,” says Sorenson.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Silent Witness.