September 22, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Four Arrested in Recovery of Stolen Timber-Harvesting Equipment

     A joint investigation by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) into thefts of timber-harvesting equipment and component parts has resulted in the arrests of four men. Robert Michael Williams, aged 42 of Clanton, was charged with theft in the first degree and receiving stolen property in the first degree. Lafayette Alexander Hall, aged 30 of Alberta, was charged with receiving stolen property in the first degree; possessing a vehicle with obscured VIN (vehicle identification number); and receiving stolen property in the second degree. Terry Tyrone Square, aged 34 of Alberta, was charged with receiving stolen property in the second degree. Willie Thomas, aged 37 of Lowndes County, was charged with theft of property in the first degree. The thefts occurred in Butler, Clarke, Macon, Montgomery, Monroe, and Wilcox counties.

     AFC Chief Craig Hill credits Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden and his staff with initiating the case when they arrested an individual that had stolen a logging trailer. This one arrest resulted in solving cases in six counties where the value of stolen or destroyed timber-harvesting components and/or equipment was valued in excess of $236,000. Agencies assisting in the investigation were the Chilton Sheriff’s Office, Clarke Sheriff’s Office, Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Centreville Police Department.

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

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