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Ville Platte man arrested on timber theft charge

November 22, 2010

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said a 33-year-old Ville Platte man was arrested on theft charges after he allegedly cut ten acres of timberland and pocketed the money from its sale without paying the landowner.
Randall Wayne King, 1121 Country Lane, was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with theft by fraud over $500. The cut timber was valued at $10,500.
Forestry enforcement officers with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from a local landowner. King was arrested by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and released after posting a $15,000 bond.
LDAF received assistance from the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office to complete the investigation.
Strain said all reports of timber, cattle and farm equipment theft will be thoroughly investigated by the LDAF.
Strain advised reporting any forestry related crime issues to the LDAF by calling 225-925-4500 or 800-558-9741. Strain said the toll free number can also be used for livestock or farm equipment theft.