Forest timber theft costs cutter $44,845

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Forest timber theft costs cutter $44,845

Postby chief joe » Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:03 pm

A timber cutter has learned that illegally harvesting trees in a national forest carries a hefty price.

A Jackson County man was ordered yesterday to pay $44,845 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for cutting down 822 trees in the Wayne National Forest in Gallia County.

U.S. District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. of Columbus also ordered Larry R. Adkins Jr., 42, of Oak Hill, to perform 200 hours of community service and placed him on three years of probation.

Adkins' guilty pleas to two federal charges also resulted in six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring.

The thefft of the trees, valued at $34,000, was discovered in late 2006. The U.S. Forest Service also spent about $10,000 repairing damage at the site near Symmes Creek.

The stolen trees were sold to three different mills as saw timber and pulpwood, officials said.
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