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Halifax man arrested twice for stealing trees

Posted March 24, 2011 2:07 p.m. EDT
Updated March 24, 2011 2:12 p.m. EDT

— 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.