ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court filed felony criminal mischief charges against 53-year-old St. Pete tradesman Daniel Majewski for “willfully and maliciously” damaging public property in excess of $1000.
His crime? Trimming shrubbery for a homeowner to give her a better view of the water.
“Criminal mischief…a felony for trimming some bushes is absurd,” Majewski said.
An affidavit states Majewski pruned 14 bushes from tree line shrubbery, cutting them down from 5′ 6″ to 2 feet, causing $1,000 worth of damage.
Majewski reportedly works as a tradesman and admitted to cutting down the bushes in order to create a direct line of sight to the water, at the request of a homeowner nearby.
City workers who saw him cutting the bushes told him he couldn’t do that to government property without letting them know or being hired by the city to do it. They say Majewski dropped his things and ran across the street.
He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released on a $2,000 bond.
He faces a felony criminal mischief charge, which could potentially result in significant prison time.
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