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Bienville Parish man arrested for timber theft

A Saline man is accused of timber theft, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Wayne Durbin, 66, of Bienville Parish, was arrested on two counts of timber theft, according to the LDAF's press release, after enforcement agents investigated two complaints filed in April. The alleged thefts involved timber harvested from 439 acres in Bienville Parish.

"During a four-month investigation, Durbin admitted cutting the timber and not paying the two landowners for the timber he harvested," said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain.

Strain said the value of the timber harvested is estimated at $64,273.

Durbin was arrested May 29 and released on $100,000 bond. If convicted, Durbin faces up to 20 years in prison, could be fined up to $50,000 or both.

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