Chatom Man Charged with Timber Theft

Law enforcement officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and agents of the Alabama Forestry Commission arrested 37-year-old Alan Douglas Cook, of Chatom, Feb. 24 with stealing timber.

The charge was for “theft by deception, first degree,” which officials say is a Class B felony. Cook is accused of taking timber valued at $3,400. If convicted, he could be sentenced to jail for 2-20 years and fined up to $30,000.

The Alabama Forestry Commission says this type of crime generate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to landowners, the timber industry, and Alabama’s economy.

Citizens may report timber theft, vandalism or theft of harvesting equipment, and wildland arson by calling toll-free, 1-800-222-2927.

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