October 28, 2009

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Clanton Man Arrested for Timber Theft

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), in cooperation with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department, has arrested and charged Jimmy Keith Baker, 37, of Clanton on 13 counts of selling timber without permission and 12 counts of giving false information when selling timber. The thefts occurred between July 17 and October 1, 2009, and involved timber being harvested from Autauga, Shelby, and Macon counties. The timber was valued at over $6000.00 and was sold in Chilton County. If convicted, Baker faces up to $1000 fine and up to 12 months in jail for each count. Baker was arrested October 16 and is currently being held in the Chilton County jail.  He is scheduled to be tried in Chilton County District Court on November 16.

The Alabama Forestry Commission is committed to reducing the number of wildland crimes that occur each year across the state. These crimes generate annual losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars to landowners and the timber industry through thefts of timber, wildland fires, and the theft or vandalism of timber-harvesting equipment.

The AFC provides an Arson/Forest Crimes Hotline so that citizens can call and report theft of timber, theft or vandalism of harvesting equipment, and wildland arson.  The toll free number is 1-800-222-2927. Information provided is confidential and the caller remains anonymous.



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