Tree-trimming crews find elaborate treehouse in Dana Point park

DANA POINT, Calif. (KABC) -- A tree-trimming crew was working on a tall pine in a Dana Point park when they stumbled on a surprising find: an elaborate treehouse with multiple levels, carpet and a lovely view of the ocean.

The structure appeared well-made and officials believe they have identified the local homeless man who built it.

That man may face charges for building the structure in a public park.

"A considerable amount of work and materials went into this," Orange County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Rich Himmel told the Orange County Register. "We are investigating this. It's a crime of vandalism. Someone has to be held accountable."

The treehouse was discovered around 8 a.m. Wednesday by a city crew pruning trees in Lantern Bay Park. When they looked up at a 50-foot Aleppo pine, they discovered the multi-layered treehouse made out of plywood.

The treehouse and the man's belongings were removed from the pine and about a dozen fish found in an aquarium were brought to a local animal shelter.

The crew also pruned the tree as planned and had to remove several limbs that were damaged by the structure.
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