Authorities are investigating an incident that occurred at a Trump-owned golf course in the Bronx, where vandals took chainsaws to several 20-to-30-foot trees, according to officials.
CBS New York reports that two chainsaw-wielding men jumped an iron fence near the 15th hole of Trump Links at Ferry Point and took their aggressions out on four 30-foot-tall trees Tuesday morning.
A chainsaw was recovered at the scene after it was reported by the golf courses’ general manager around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.
No arrests have been made and police are still searching for surveillance footage to track the vandals’ movements before and after entering the golf course.
The golf course manager claimed it was not the first occurrence of its kind. Allegedly, a golf course maintenance crew member previously scared off would-be lumberjacks before they vandalized the property.
The Trump Organization has had a tenuous relationship with the city since the course opened in 2015. Trump presented a proposal to expand the golf course, which included a letter from golf legend Jack Nicklaus–one of the designers of the Trump Golf Links course–endorsing the expansion and stating it would make the course eligible for PGA tournaments.
However, the city’s board refused to pass the proposal.
Park advocates were also outraged by Trump’s request to extend the course into a 19 1/2 acre waterfront area that had been reserved for future public park land.
It has been reported that last week’s vandalism may not have been politically motivated but could possibly stem from environmental activism.
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) May 11, 2017
Cops say vandals cut down trees at Trump Links Golf Course in Bronx but residents don’t think it’s politically motivated. Their theory at 11 pic.twitter.com/9ABes1bLlZ
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 11, 2017
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 11, 2017
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