Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rural Crime: Timber Theft

Many urbanites don't know that there is such a thing as "timber theft" or that trees not only have significant value as a commodity, but can be relatively easy to steal. Jamestown-area Assemblyman William Parment has long been a backer of legislation to stiffen the penalties, including sponsoring the legislation mentioned in the article linked above. Prior to the 2004 amendment, which I also worked on tangentially from the private sector, the last amendment was in the early 1900s and capped the recovery by the owner at something like $10 per tree. For reference, individual trees can have a value in the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.


Blogger Chris Denny said...

Interesting. You never think of theft at the harvest site. With that, jobsite theft is one of the largest costs in the construction business.

12:48 AM  
Blogger isgood said...

We lost over 25,000 dollars in timber, but to may for a survey, abstract, and forestors report before the Pa State Police would come to take a report. The police refused to investigate. The DA said that was my problem not his. Hired a Private Investitagor, but DA states He does not care what evidence he digss up he will not prosecute. we spent $12,000. so far. WE found out court ordered restitution is not mandatoy to pay to , but our lawyer bill is.

2:49 PM  

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