2,000 cherry trees destroyed at ex-49er’s California orchard

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24 Oct 1999: 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. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 40-16. Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon /Allsport

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 says 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 two decades in the NFL before retiring in 2009.

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