Charges are pending in Miami County Common Pleas Court against a Tipp City man accused of cutting down walnut trees without owner permission and selling the wood.
Sheriff’s office reports filed in two cases include information on calls regarding trees cut beginning in late December.
Daniel L. Padgett, 29, of Tipp Cowlesville Road was charged by county sheriff’s deputies with felony theft for allegedly cutting down walnut trees on property owned by the Tipp City Eagles off Tipp Cowlesville Road.
An Eagles representative told deputies someone had cut down trees and damaged the organization’s property with heavy equipment. The trees value was listed at $4,800 in the charge. The theft charge was sent to the Common Pleas Court for further consideration after Padgett waived a hearing earlier this month in county Municipal Court.
Padgett also was charged with obstructing official business, a misdemeanor, for fleeing on foot from a deputy attempting to serve him with a warrant at his home. That case remains in the Municipal Court.
He was charged with following a Jan. 27 incident in which an owner of property off State Route 202 in Staunton Township reported to deputies he found a trailer involved in possible theft of trees from the property. Deputies reported the trailer became stuck in the field and had been left behind along with a skid loader. Three large pieces of tree also were found lying next to the trailer, the deputies’ report said.
The property owner estimated cost of the wood, damage to his property and the expense of removing the trailer at $5,000. Padgett was charged with breaking and entering, vandalism and theft. The vandalism and theft charges were dismissed at a Feb. 8 hearing and the breaking and entering charge bound over to the Common Pleas Court.
Padgett initially was being held in lieu of bail, but later was released on his own recognizance, according to court documents.
Tipp City police reports showed police received another report of trees being cut down in January. An investigation into that complaint continues, according to the police department.