Vandals Destroy 2,000 Cherry Trees at Ex-49er’s Northern California Orchard

Jeremy Newberry #62 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on the field during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1999. (Credit: Tom Pidgeon /Allsport via Getty Images)

Jeremy Newberry #62 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on the field during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1999. (Credit: Tom Pidgeon /Allsport via Getty Images)

Former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry says vandals have destroyed nearly half of the 4,000 cherry trees recently planted at his Northern California orchard.

Newberry tells the San Francisco Chronicle that a worker at his Newberry Cherry Farm arrived May 15 to find 2,000 new trees plucked from their roots and snapped.

Contra Costa County sheriff’s officials say deputies responded to the Brentwood orchard to take a report.

Newberry says he can’t imagine the effort it must have taken to cause such widespread damage. He says he’s heartbroken, but will replace the $30,000 worth of destroyed trees. And he plans to set up surveillance cameras.

The farm is still open for customers to pick cherries by the bucketful for purchase.

Newberry, now 43, played nearly 10 years in the NFL before retiring in 2009.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Newberry played in the NFL for nearly two decades, and a photo of caption contained an incorrect year. The post has been updated. 

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