A joint investigation by the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) and the Pike County District Attorney’s Office has resulted in an arrest for theft of a 1995 logging trailer valued at $10,000. John David Mills, Jr., aged 36 of Goshen, was charged on May 7 with Theft in the First Degree. Mills was released from the Pike County Jail on $5,000 bond. Theft of Property, First Degree, is a Class B felony which, if convicted, carries a jail sentence of 2-20 years and/or a fine up to $30,000.
The Alabama Forestry Commission is committed to reducing the number of forestry-related crimes that occur each year across the state. These crimes generate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to landowners, the timber industry, and Alabama’s economy. The AFC provides a Wildland Arson/Forest Crimes Hotline so that citizens can call and report theft of timber, vandalism or theft of harvesting equipment, or wildland arson. This toll-free number is (800) 222-2927.