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Fulton County man charged with stealing timber

Fulton County man charged with stealing timber

A Stratford man who admitted last year to stealing timber was charged last week by state Department

A Stratford man who admitted last year to stealing timber was charged last week by state Department of Environmental Conservation police with again stealing timber, as well as destroying property and damaging trees.

DEC police said Jaime Cool, 32, took timber valued at $3,289 off property in the town of Oppenheim in March 2007 without the knowledge of the landowners. Cool is also alleged to have caused more than $1,500 in damage to the property and injured or destroyed 12 trees with his logging equipment.

The investigation arose from information gathered during a probe of a timber theft by Cool in the town of Stratford, DEC police said. Cool was charged with grand larceny in April 2007 and later pleaded guilty, DEC police said, but failed to appear in Stratford Town Court for sentencing and a bench warrant was issued in March.

Cool was arraigned in the Caroga Town Court on the new charges and the bench warrant and was sent to the Fulton County jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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