Evansville man Christopher L. Collins is in custody after a year-long timber theft investigation. he was arrested on November 20 and held at the Posey County Jail
(POSEY CO.)– Indiana Conservation Officers arrested an Evansville male on Friday, Nov. 20, after a year-long hardwood burglary investigation, according to wbiw.
Conservation officers recognized 17 victims in Gibson and Posey areas that have not obtained repayment for their lumber per agreements returning as for 2018.
Evansville Authorities apprehended 40-year-old Christopher L. Collins, of Evansville, on costs of corrupt service impact, five matters of burglary, two counts of check deception, five counts of failure to pay for hardwood as concurred in Gibson Area and also in Posey County he is facing costs of corrupt organization impact, nine counts of burglary, three matters of check deception, 11 matters of failing to pay for hardwood as agreed as well as being n unlicensed lumber customer.
He is being held at the Posey Area Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.
Preservation officers started their examination in 2019 after obtaining info that Collins had fallen short to spend for wood as agreed in Gibson County.
The examination exposed that Collins failed to pay greater than $250,000 for the wood he purchased over two years. The investigation also revealed that Collins had run under the complying with business names: C&K Forestry Management LLC, C&K Forestry LLC, C&M Forestry LLC, Blackhaus Forestry LLC, as well as Collins Household Forestry.
This August, conservation officers performed apprehension and search warrants on Collins at his home for infractions that happened in Gibson Region. Information and proof as a result of these warrants brought about the discovery of victims.
The DNR Department of Forestry oversees the licensing and law of timber purchasers as well as representatives. For details on lumber purchasers, or if you are a landowner looking for to market timber, please browse through dnr.IN.gov/ forestry/2846. htm.
If you or any individual you know has been a target of lumber theft, you are asked to call Indiana Preservation Police officer Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.