Louisiana Forestry Agents Log Arrest for Tree Thief
An East Texas man has been arrested after Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry agents found he didn't pay for thousands of dollars worth of timber.
Thomas Curtis Fields, 43, of Frankston, Texas, was arrested in Mansfield and booked into the DeSoto Parish Jail for stealing $33,000 worth of timber. Investigators say Fields cut 50 loads of timber off 80 acres north of Logansport in DeSoto Parish.
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain says,
Timber is a major commodity in Louisiana that is policed and monitored by our forestry enforcement division. Like anything of value, it is often the target of thieves, and violators will be prosecuted. Last year alone, we recorded approximately $3.3 million in timber loss to owners because of theft.
The timber is valued at $65,482.
Fields also failed to secure the required permission from one of the landowners.