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Benton man arrested for timber theft

October 13, 2011

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said a Benton man was arrested Oct. 6 on one count of timber theft and two counts of criminal damage to property.
Randall Lee Harvill, 66, 1854 Linton Road, was arrested for allegedly ordering the removal of 1,600 feet of boundary trees without permission from his neighbor’s property. Boundary trees are trees marked with paint to delineate the line between properties in lieu of a fence.
Harvill also allegedly ordered the removal of 32 large pine and hardwood trees a quarter-mile within his neighbor’s property. The trees were valued at more than $500.
Harvill was charged with criminal damage for the unauthorized removal of the boundary trees and building of a logging road on part of the neighbor’s property.
The timber theft charge was a result of the unauthorized removal of the 32 trees on the neighbor’s property.
Harvill was booked into the Bossier Parish Jail Oct. 6 and posted a $20,000 bond.
The Forestry Enforcement Division of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry  is responsible for enforcing criminal laws pertaining to the protection of forest woodlands such as, but not limited to arson, theft, burglary, simple criminal damage to property, and other violations.