July 27, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Evergreen Man Arrested for Receiving Stolen Timber-Harvesting Equipment in Escambia County

   Law Enforcement officers with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) on July 24, 2010, arrested Ricky Nolan, aged 51, of Evergreen for “Receiving Stolen Property, first degree, and Obscuring Identity of a Vehicle.” At the time of arrest, investigators observed Nolan picking up a stolen 2004 logging trailer in Brewton. The trailer, valued at $15,000, was reported as stolen in Phenix City, Alabama in February 2010. If convicted, Receiving Stolen Property, first degree is a Class B felony which carries a jail sentence of 2 to 20 years and a fine up to $30,000. Obscuring Identity of a Vehicle is a Class C felony which carries a jail sentence of 1 to 10 years and a fine up to $15,000.

     AFC Law Enforcement Chief Craig Hill advised that the truck Nolan was driving was seized and will be subject to condemnation under a new Alabama law that went into effect July 1. In an effort to curtail such thefts, this law was passed during the last legislative session which allows condemnation of vehicles used during the commission of any felony involving stolen timber-harvesting equipment. The stolen equipment will be returned to its lawful owner. According to Hill, the AFC has investigated thefts of harvesting equipment valued at $558,964 and has recovered stolen equipment valued at $433,500 since October of 2009.

     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 wildland arson, theft of timber, and theft of harvesting equipment. The toll-free number is (800) 222-2927. Any information provided is confidential and the caller remains anonymous.

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

 

For more information, contact: Chief Craig Hill

334.850.3665 or craig.hill@forestry.alabama.gov



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