COLLEGE STATION, Texas – An ongoing timber theft investigation resulted in the arrest of one man in Bowie County.

Texas A&M Forest Service law enforcement investigators arrested Christopher Clay Sprayberry, of Texarkana on nine felony warrants issued by Upshur County.

The joint investigation involving TFS law enforcement and the Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office began nine months ago after various reports and allegations were made against Sprayberry while employed at a Texarkana, Ark., company.

“We have been working closely with Mr. Byrd and his staff in Upshur County on the reported allegations made against ... and this arrest is a direct result of those ongoing investigations,” said TFS Chief of Law Enforcement Les Rogers.

“By all accounts, this is another example of someone taking advantage of our citizens. I applaud the efforts of the Texas A&M Forest Service for their tireless work and dedication to see this man brought to justice,” said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd. While these investigations are very time consuming, these indictments should stand as a warning for other individuals that might consider stealing timber and robbing our natural resources.”

See more coverage in Tuesday's Gazette.

Published: 04/07/2014