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April 7, 2014 – COLLEGE
STATION, Texas – An on-going timber theft investigation resulted in the arrest
of one man in Bowie County.
Forest Service law enforcement investigators arrested Christopher Clay
Sprayberry, of Texarkana on nine felony warrants issued by Upshur County.
investigation involving TFS law enforcement and the Upshur County District
Attorney Billy Byrd’s office began nine months ago after various reports and
allegations were made against Sprayberry while employed at Ark-La-Tex Logging
and Forestry in Texarkana, Ark.
“We have been working closely
with Mr. Byrd and his staff in Upshur County on the reported allegations made
against Ark-La-Tex Logging and Forestry representatives and this arrest is a
direct result of those on-going investigations,” said TFS Chief of Law Enforcement
“By all accounts, this is
another example of someone taking advantage of our citizens. I applaud the
efforts of the Forest Service for their tireless work and dedication to see
this man brought to justice,” said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.
While these investigations are very time consuming, these indictments should
stand as a warning for other individuals that might consider stealing timber
and robbing our natural resources.”
TFS also continues to work closely
with county officials on allegations against other individuals and
organizations operating in Harrison and Panola counties.
Timber theft is a crime that
potentially affects everyone. Timber owners incur monetary loss and the removal
of natural resources without reforestation methods to ensure new forests for
To help property owners avoid
timber theft tactics, the Texas A&M Forest Service advises:
For detailed information visit http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102418437760-421/Timber+theft+is+a+crime.pdf.
To report suspected timber theft
activity call the Timber Theft Hotline1-800-364-3470 or contact
Texas A&M Forest Service at (936) 639-8113.
Chief Law Enforcement Officer
Forest Service Communications
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