Timber thieving targeted at Capitol | State Legislature | Macon.com

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Timber thieving targeted at Capitol | State Legislature | Macon.com

ATLANTA — Timber might seem like a well-rooted asset, but thieves actually are making off with enough truckloads of trees that the state Legislature is considering tripling penalties and empowering state foresters to arrest crooks.

“We’re trying to make a disincentive to steal timber,” said state Rep. Chuck Williams, R-Watkinsville, who is a tree farmer and the bill’s sponsor.

His House Bill 790 would make thieves liable in civil court for three times the value of timber they steal or damage. Right now, it’s a one-to-one liability and in Williams’ opinion is not a strong deterrent.

It also would give foresters of the Georgia Forestry Commission the power to make arrests in timber theft cases, something they can already do in arson investigations.

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