Indiana Conservation Officers have arrested a New Harmony man for theft and illegal timber purchases.
62 year old Roger A. Greathouse is facing several charges stemming from an alleged incident which began in 2012, where Greathouse was found to be purchasing timber illegally in Vigo County and for failing to pay the landowner the agreed amount, which was in excess of $5,700.
Greathouse has a timber related charge currently pending in Vanderburgh County, IN.
He also has a prior conviction for purchasing timber without a license in another Indiana court. Indiana Conservation Officers would like to remind the public of some important tips before selling timber: 1. Hire a consultant forester to represent you and mark and advertise your timber sale. 2. Always get several bids from different timber buyers. 3. Know and understand the fine details of the contract. 4. Never make an oral agreement. 5. Know how much you will be paid and the method of payment. If you suspect that a timber theft is occurring or has occurred, please contact our Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536. For a complete list of licensed timber buyers, the laws, and other information related to Timber: visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/2846.htm