May 17, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Fayette County Man Arrested for Timber Theft

Investigators with the Alabama Forestry Commission arrested Roger Dale Clark, aged 59, of Berry, Alabama, on April 26, 2011. He was charged with Theft of Property, First Degree, for allegedly taking timber valued at $37,000, and six counts of “selling timber without permission.” Theft of Property, First Degree, is a Class B felony which, if convicted, carries a jail sentence of 2-20 years and/or a fine up to $30,000. Selling timber without permission is a Class A misdemeanor. 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.  All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.



For more information, contact:

Chief Craig Hill


334.850.3665 mobile phone


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