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Halifax man arrested twice for stealing trees

Posted March 24, 2011

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— A Halifax County man has been charged with illegally cutting down trees for the second time since last summer.

William Roland Massey III, 52, of Pleasant Hill, was arrested Wednesday in Halifax County on a charge of cutting, injuring or removing another's timber. He faces similar felony charges in Warren County.

Massey was placed in the Halifax County jail under a $30,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court April 16.

Sgt. Joe Sealey, with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, said that an investigation revealed that more than $70,000 worth of timber had been stolen in the Littleton area.

Last August, Massey was charged with injury to trees, crops or land of another and two counts each of forgery of deeds or wills and cutting, injuring or removing another's timber. The charges came after an investigation by the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, Halifax County District Attorney's Office and the North Carolina Forest Service.

Massey is on probation after being convicted of felony larceny in Virginia last September, according to North Carolina Department of Correction records.


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  • Doctor Dataclerk Mar 25, 2011

    I think some on here could serve as his next victim. He cuts trees (timber) and sells it! DUH!!!!!!!!!

  • NCwhisperer... Mar 25, 2011

    "I wish this would tell us why he wanted to cut down trees. Strange! -susang919 "


  • sammyg Mar 25, 2011

    I wish this would tell us why he wanted to cut down trees. Strange!

  • bowhunterjunkie Mar 25, 2011

    lracz1--I am with you!! I got some I want cut down if he feels the need to cut trees down that bad.

  • lracz1 Mar 24, 2011

    hey tell the genious when he gets out i got some free trees for him to cut down so he can pay his restitution!!!!!

  • IzzMad2016 Mar 24, 2011

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say he's not a very smart criminal. Hardy, har, har.

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 24, 2011

    Wonders why he couldn't just head to Moore's Lumberyard in Roa Rpds and buy his wood there.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 24, 2011

    LOL, yeah that our folks doing stuff. I too have trees , he could cut for free.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Mar 24, 2011

    Wasn't this a hanging offense in the old west? I mean, there weren't many trees out there and to steal what there was would seem pretty serious. And if somebody stole them all, there was nowhere to hang the thieves from.

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 24, 2011

    Maybe he is Santa and needs them for his castle at the North Pole.