Benton man arrested for timber theft

Benton man arrested for timber theft

POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:04am

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said a Benton man has been accused of stealing more than $64,000 worth of timber.

Randall Lee Harvill, 67, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 16, by Forestry Enforcement Manager Jim Baldwin of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) at the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Prison.

Harvill allegedly logged and sold 28 acres of timber owned by the Cypress-Black Bayou Recreation and Water Commission.

Harvill was also charged with criminal damage to property because he allegedly built a 1,414-foot long levee on the Commission’s property.

Harvill’s bond was set at $20,000.

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