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Tree house removed from Seaford preserve

A Facebook user posted a photo about a

A Facebook user posted a photo about a homeless man's tree house in the Takapausha Preserve that's been up for over a month. Photo Credit: Facebook

Workers have removed a tree house at a Seaford preserve that cops said was inhabited by a homeless man, Nassau police said Friday.

The structure, consisting of wood boards and tarp placed between two trees, had been inside the Nassau County-owned Tackapausha preserve for at least a month.

After county officials received complaints about the house, public works officials went to the preserve Friday morning to take down the structure, police said.

Nassau police Officer Kurt Faraczek said officers found a 46-year-old man believed to be the house's occupant at a nearby business. Faraczek declined to identify the man.

Surrounding the home Thursday were unopened cans of tuna, shirts, underwear, running shoes, empty beer cartons, books and a pocket knife. A basketball hoop was attached to a nearby tree.

Public works employees removed all of the items and threw them away, Faraczek said.

It's unclear how long the tree house had been up, though nearby resident Tiffany Elliott, who lives in Massapequa, said her sons found it while playing in the preserve more than a month ago.

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