Clanton man arrested for timber theft

CLANTON, AL (WBRC) - A Clanton man has been charged with selling timber without permission.

The Alabama Forestry Commission, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said Jimmy Keith Baker, 37, of Clanton, was arrested October 16 and charged Wednesday with 13 counts of selling timber without permission and 12 counts of giving false information when selling timber.

The commission said the thefts occurred between July 17 and October 1, 2009, and involved timber being harvested from Autauga, Shelby, and Macon counties. The timber was valued at more than $6,000 and was sold in Chilton County.

The commission said Baker was arrested with the help of the Chilton County Sheriff's Department. If convicted, Baker faces up to $1,000 in fines and up to 12 months in jail for each count.

Baker was currently being held in the Chilton County jail.