The 28-year-old owner of the bike had locked it to a tree at Kassel’s Friedrichsplatz on Friday only to notice it had disappeared we he returned to it on Tuesday.
But it wasn’t just the bike which was missing. A significant portion of the tree was missing too.
The tree was 13-years-old and had a circumference of 50 centimetres, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.
Based on how the stump looked, the perpetrator must have had a good idea of how to professionally fell the tree so that it fell in the right direction, the Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA) reported on Wednesday.
According to the environmental administrative office, damage to the tree amounts to €5,000.
The 28-year-old coughed up €2,200 for the bike when he purchased it in 2015.