Timber theft growing problem in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Timber theft is a growing problem in Alabama.

The Alabama Forestry Commission received reports of more than $500,000 in timber theft in 2008. This year, the state crossed the $500,000 threshold in October, and the number is continuing to climb.

The commission's law enforcement chief, Craig Hill, said some of the theft involves people cutting timber on the property of absentee owners. Other theft involves loggers not paying the correct amount for timber that has been harvested.

Hill said a load of logs or wood chips is worth anywhere from $300 to $600, depending on the type of wood and its use.

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