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Owner of Lincoln Parish sawmill accused of stealing over $752,000 in timber

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Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 4:23 PM CDT
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LINCOLN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Authorities with the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry say they’ve arrested a man accused of stealing over $750,000 in timber.

Authorities say Robert B. Barnes, 67, of Hamburg, Ark., was arrested on July 29, 2020. They say he owned and operated a sawmill company in Simsboro, La. by the name of Barnes in Barnes Tie LLC.

In February, investigators say they received complaints from multiple loggers. The loggers said they delivered timber to Barnes’ sawmill in Lincoln Parish, but never got paid. A six-month investigation followed.

Agents say the value of the stolen timber was determined to be $752,394.72.

“Timber is a major industry in the state of Louisiana and it is also a long-term investment for landowners. We take the crime of timber theft very seriously and work hard to bring these criminals to justice,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M

Barnes was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. If convicted, Barnes faces a fine of up to $10,000 and/or prison time up to 10 years.

To report suspected timber theft, contact the LDAF Office of Forestry at 225-925-4500 to file a complaint.

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