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Calcasieu men accused of stealing timber

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Christian Gorham. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Christian Gorham. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
John Myers. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) John Myers. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
LAKE CHARLES, LA -
Two Calcasieu Parish men have been accused of timber thefts in Allen Parish.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said a landowner notified them April 9 of a timber theft that occurred on her property.

Investigators say the landowner hired Christian Gorham to perform demolition work on an old house on her property. She said Gorham asked multiple times if he could cut or remove trees and she denied each request. Upon inspecting the property, the landowner said she discovered three large red cedar trees and a large pine tree had been cut and removed. 

A large black walnut tree had been cut but not removed.

When agents and sheriff's deputies responded they found Gorham and John Myers trying to load cut limbs of a walnut tree into a trailer.

Authorities said Myers was arrested by Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies on warrants and charged with 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 was released on $6,500 bond.

Gorham was arrested April 21 and charges are pending. 

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

 

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