June 16, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Hayden Man Arrested for Stealing Timber Harvesting Equipment in Blount County

Law Enforcement officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) have announced the arrest of a Hayden man for “theft of property, first degree.” Steve Dewayne Lands, aged 39, is allegedly involved in the theft of a disc-saw feller head which was stolen in Blount County. Valued at $6,000, the equipment was recovered and returned to its lawful owner. If convicted, this Class B felony carries a jail sentence of 2 to 20 years and a fine up to $30,000.


The arrest, made on May 11, 2010, was the result of a joint investigation of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, the Hanceville Police Department, and the AFC, according to AFC Law Enforcement Chief Craig Hill.


The Alabama Forestry Commission 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.


For more information, contact:

Chief Craig Hill



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