March 3, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Chatom Man Arrested for Timber Theft

     In cooperation with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement officers with the Alabama Forestry Commission arrested Alan Douglas Cook, aged 37, of Chatom on February 24, 2010. He was charged with “theft by deception, first degree,” a Class B felony, for allegedly 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 (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.


This release reports an arrest.  All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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