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Gardai nab suspected timber thief in joint operation with Coillte

Gardai nab suspected timber thief in joint operation with Coillte

Gardaí at Baltinglass have arrested a man following a joint operation with Coillte into the theft of timber in the Co Wicklow area.

The man who in his 40s was arrested in the Baltinglass area on the 3rd October 2016 and is currently detained at Baltinglass Garda station under Sect 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Mick Power, National Estate Risk Manager for Coillte said,

"For some time now Coillte in Co-operation with the Gardaí in Wicklow and Wexford have been monitoring a number of a timber thefts in the area.

Camera systems and other surveillance systems have been placed in areas of high activity where valuable sawlog timber has been known to be stolen. Most of the stolen material has been removed from Coillte standing sales but some may have come from Private (Farmer) sources as well.

Timber as a commodity is in big demand whither it be from the Sawmilling sector for sawn wood or from Firewood merchants as firewood."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí at Baltinglass Garda station, on 059 6482610, or Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111