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Natchez man arrested in Louisiana for timber theft

Published 3:07 PM Monday, May 20, 2024

NATCHEZ – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) today announced the arrest of a Natchez man for allegedly cutting timber across a marked boundary line and failing to pay more than $13,000 in damages.

According to a news release, Kenan Shotwell Gwinn of Natchez was arrested May 10 in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, for timber theft following an investigation by the LDAF Forestry Enforcement Division.

The investigation revealed that in the fall of 2022, while conducting a timber harvest operation for a landowner in Catahoula Parish, Gwin crossed a marked boundary line and logged two acres of Cypress and that Harwood cut an adjacent tract of timber without permission.

Even after being notified of the cutting of the victim’s wood, Gwinn was still unable to pay for the damage after all this time. The loads of lumber were valued at $13,429.

Kenan was arrested for theft of timber in violation of LA Law RS 14:67.2 and booked into the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Jail. Bond has been set at $13,429.34.

All persons accused of any crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

LDAF urges the public to report forestry-related crimes to the LDAF Office of Forestry at 225-925-4500 or the LDAF 24-hour hotline at 1-855-452-5323.