February 25, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Wilcox County Man Arrested for Timber Theft

Investigators with the Alabama Forestry Commission arrested Christopher James Snell, aged 29, of Coy, Alabama (Wilcox County) on February 23, 2011. He was charged with 13 counts of “selling timber without permission,” a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly taking timber valued at $21,000 from two different victims. If convicted, he could be sentenced to jail for up to one year and/or fined up to $6,000 on each count.

     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 only. 
All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


For more information, contact:

Chief Craig Hill
334.240.9366 office phone

or 334.850.3665 mobile phone



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