Man charged by Alabama Forestry Commission with cutting, selling US$3,700-worth of timber, allegedly without owner's permission, could face one year in jail, US$6,000 fine on each of five counts

MONTGOMERY, Alabama , August 1, 2011 (press release) – Investigators with the Alabama Forestry Commission charged William Kevin Clark, aged 36 of Andalusia, for theft of timber on July 25, 2011. He was charged with five counts of cutting and selling timber without the permission of the owner for allegedly taking timber valued at over $3,700 from a landowner in Butler County. Clark turned himself in to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and bond was set at $30,000. If convicted, he could be sentenced to jail for one year and/or fined up to $6,000 on each count.

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is committed to reducing the number of forestry-related crimes that occur each year across the state. These crimes generate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to landowners, the timber industry, and Alabama’s economy. The AFC provides an Arson/Forest Crimes Hotline so that citizens can call and report theft of timber, vandalism or theft of harvesting equipment, and wildland arson. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-2927. Any information provided is confidential and the caller remains anonymous.

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