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Calcasieu Parish men accused of timber theft in Allen

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ALLEN PARISH -- Two Calcasieu Parish men are accused of  timber thefts in Allen Parish.

According to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, enforcement agents say an Allen Parish landowner notified them April 9 of an alleged timber theft that occurred on her property.

Investigators say the landowner said she contracted with Christian Gorham to perform demolition work on an old house located on her land.

The landowner said Gorham asked multiple times if he could cut or remove trees from the property, in which the request was denied, the woman said.

Upon inspecting the property, the landowner alleged she discovered three large red cedar trees and a large pine tree had been cut and removed from the property. A large black walnut tree had been cut but not removed.

Investigators say the landowner notified agents. Authorities responded and located Gorham and John Myers attempting to load cut limbs of a black walnut tree into a trailer.

LDAF Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Mike Strain, D.V.M. said, “At the time, investigators say they were given false information by the suspects regarding their identities. Upon confirmation of the individuals involved, arrest warrants were issued."

Myers was arrested April 15 and booked on theft of timber, obstruction of justice, simple criminal damage to property and attempted timber theft.

"According to investigators, Myers admitted he did not have permission to cut and or remove any trees and that he is not a licensed arborist in the State of Louisiana. Myers also admitted to giving false information and delaying the investigation by LDAF enforcement agents. He has been released on $6,500 bond," the release states.

Gorham was arrested April 21. Charges are pending.

A conservative estimated value of the stolen timber is $10,000.
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