In what’s being called a “timber theft,” a Hudson Valley man is accused of cutting down six trees from his neighbor’s property.

Just before the New Year, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers finished a timber theft investigation in Fallsburg.

In November, a landowner told officers six large ash trees were cut on his property without his permission.

The landowner informed the ECOs that the most likely suspect was his neighbor.

One witness told police he noticed the neighbor removing trees from the land.

Officers also checked with a local sawmill and obtained a copy of a receipt, showing the man recently delivered ash logs to the mill for sale, police say.

The ECOs interviewed the unnamed man and issued a misdemeanor ticket for removing trees from lands of another. He faces fines of up to $1,000 and $250 in restitution for each tree cut from the property.

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