TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A homeless man has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing more than 50 cacti in Tempe.
Clarence Waite, 34, is accused of felony criminal damage.
Police believe Waite used a machete to damage or cut 53 Mexican Fence Post cacti in the area of the Salt River bottom.
Each cactus is said to cost around $105, resulting in approximately $5,565 in damage.
Police say at first, Waite admitted "cutting one cactus" but later changed his story, saying "I don't know how many [cacti] I cut."
Waite was booked into the Maricopa County Jail, where he was being held on a $2,500 bond.