Man accused of slicing 50+ cacti with machete

Man accused of slicing 50+ cacti with machete

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.


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