Henry County homeowner says tree service damaged property - CBS46 News

Henry County homeowner says tree service damaged property

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Many families in metro Atlanta have hired tree removal services, because of all the rain this summer.

Dale Gabrielson and her mother Jean never imagined they would lose some of their most personal belongings by simply hiring a tree service.

"That's my kids Christmas stuff that I cannot replace, that they made in like kindergarten and first grade, and I had to dig through the broken glass to find it like smashed," Dale Gabrielson said.

They paid 9 Oak Tree Service $750 cash to remove four trees in their yard. They said one of the trees that was chopped down crushed their shed and destroyed everything in it, but they didn't notice it until after the owner of the tree service had left their home.

"He really left us in a mess, for somebody to do this and turn around and walk off, and smile at me in my face and tell me goodbye is unbelievable," Hunter said.

CBS Atlanta News began investigating 9 Oak Tree Service. They are registered with the state as doing business in Locust Grove, but government officials told us they're not licensed there or in Henry County.

"He guaranteed us that he could drop that right there and not have a problem," Hunter said.

We also learned the owner of the company is Brandon Dwyer. His company's Facebook page indicates that he's operating his business in this office building on Fairways Court in Stockbridge, but we found that was not the case.

"The comment that he made to my father-in-law is that if I hit anything I'll fix it," Hunter's son-in-law Art Gabrielson said.

Dwyer did send a handwritten contract to the family, after the fact, stating that he's not liable for damage to their shed.

"It's not really a contract. It's just a signed paper, and he had lines. Now he's gone back through and on every other line added different things, like not responsible for any damage," Hunter said.

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