Green Bay Man Convicted of Stealing Logs, Logs & More Logs

   Written by on June 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

Hall PhotoLUNENBURG – Samuel Lee Hall, a 22-year-old Green Bay man of 159 Barton Road, was sentenced recently in Lunenburg County Circuit Court to serve one year in prison for stealing a trailer loaded with logs from a Victoria parking lot in the middle of the night.

An additional nine years were imposed and suspended upon conditions of good behavior, restitution of $1,692, no contact with the victim, supervised probation, and warrantless searches.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, the incident occurred in the early morning hours of December 16, 2016.  The driver of a tractor truck went to pick up the trailer where it had been parked and found that it was missing.  Victoria Police Sgt. Daniel Medlin investigated and learned that a similar incident occurred in Blackstone at Cox Lumber Yard on the same morning.  After talking with Nottoway deputies at the lumber yard, Medlin was leaving to return to Victoria when he noticed an empty trailer on the lot that belonged to the Victoria victim, Austin and Sons Logging.

Medlin proceeded to contact Westpoint Westrock Chipmill, which stays open 24 hours a day.  The company found that one truck from this area had come that early morning and provided the identifying information and photos, which revealed it was Hall’s truck.

The Nottoway investigation found that two loaded trailers had been stolen there with Hall admitting the theft and being charged with Grand Larceny.  His trial date in Nottoway Circuit Court is July 5, 2017 along with two additional charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Brunswick County also convicted Hall of one count of Grand Larceny of timber and a trailer for which he received a suspended prison sentence.

Hall had no prior criminal record, and his sentencing guidelines recommended probation and no incarceration, but Clement said he pushed for incarceration a negotiated a one-year sentence because of the audacity of the crime and the impact it had on the victim.  “I found it to be despicable that he took such advantage of someone else doing all of the work cutting and loading the timber with their own expensive machinery, and then the defendant just driving off with it,” said Clement.

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