Texas A&M Forest Service investigation leads to man's arrest, indictment in relation to three separate timber theft cases; agency says suspect was previously investigated while operating under the company Zepco Logging
COLLEGE STATION, Texas
May 28, 2014
– An on-going timber theft investigation resulted in the arrest and indictment of one man in Harrison County.
Texas A&M Forest Service law enforcement investigators along with Harrison County officials arrested Thomas Earl Haggerty, of Marshall on warrants issued by the county’s district clerk.
Haggerty, who was previously investigated while operating under the company Zepco Logging, was indicted by the Harrison County grand jury in relation to three separate timber theft cases.
“Along with the evidence presented to the jury by the Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon, this indictment was also the result of several tips to the TFS Timber Theft Hotline that alleged Mr. Haggerty had conducted deceptive and fictitious business practices,” said TFS Chief of Law Enforcement Les Rogers.
TFS continues to work closely with officials to investigate other cases potentially involving Haggerty.
Timber theft is a crime that potentially affects everyone. Timber owners incur monetary loss and the removal of natural resources without reforestation methods to ensure new forests for the future.
To help property owners avoid timber theft tactics, the Texas A&M Forest Service advises:
To report suspected timber theft activity call the Timber Theft Hotline 1-800-364-3470 or contact Texas A&M Forest Service at (936) 639-8113.