Man Surrenders On Timber Theft Charges

Stolen timber has landed a Halifax County behind bars.

Lawmen say 52-year-old William Massey III of the Pleasant Hill community in Halifax County turned himself in Thursday.

The investigation started in July when a person filed reports that someone was cutting timber on their land without permission. The investigation combined the efforts of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, the Halifax County District Attorney’s Office and the North Carolina Forestry Service.

Massey is charged with two counts of Forgery Of Deeds Or Wills, two counts of Cutting, Injuring Or Removing Another’s Timber and one count of Injury To Trees Crops or Land Of Another. His bond was set at $40,000.

Massey is due in court on September 8.


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  • by Anne Location: Isle of Wight Virginia on Jan 7, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    This man should really be stopped from stealing from people. He has stolen from my husband and his brothers. He lies, he cheats, he will do anything he needs to do to keep the money he owes for the timber he cuts from your property. His family should disown him. The authorities should prosecute him for grand larceny and any other charges related to bilking landowners from payment of the timber he removed from their farms. He is a disgrace to the industry and should be held accountable for the harm he has caused people. This harm includes not only larceny, but mental anguish and physical stress. The folks he has bilked should band together and make sure he is stopped.
  • by Guilty as Charged Location: Vance county on Sep 3, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    He's a theif and should be held accountable for his actions. I feel no sympathy for ignorance. Espiecally those who steal from the elderly.
  • by Bill Location: Edenton, NC on Aug 13, 2010 at 06:27 PM
    This is a perfect example......Please, PLEASE, know the value of your timber before you sell it!!
  • by Uh Oh Location: Somewhere on Aug 13, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    This guy's job is to cut down wood and pay people for it. It's a shame that people are still trying to get the money that this man PROMISED and had a legally binding contract with. What's sad is that this has been going on for years and he's only being accounted for a few... I wish people see this and those who have been wronged by this man come forward! It's a shame what people do now to make a buck. And what's sad is this man thinks what he has done is right. He even had the audacity to say that there's a clause in his contract (not sure if there is) and it says that his clients will get paid when he gets paid. Then another time he's said that payment is due w/in 60 days of cutting. I'm sorry to say but I don't know what to believe out of this man's mouth. I have sympathy for his family who is having to deal with this as well.
  • by to catfish on Aug 13, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    I believe that comment you're referring to is a play on words concerning trees and the like, just as a few others were. Lighten up a little bit.
  • by Catfish Location: Northampton County on Aug 13, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    Forgot to mention, I know this gentleman's mother and it's a shame what his behavior is putting her through. He wasn't raised that way and the only explanation I have is greed. PURE GREED! He should be ashamed of himself!!!!
  • by Catfish Location: Northampton County on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    I know the Massey family and the comment made about the acorn not falling far from the family tree is unjustified. His father is a sucessful businessman and if people are referring to that, then let's all remember that success always breeds jealosy and envy. I know his brothers and sisters and they are fine, law abiding, church going people. So tell me, who doesn't have at least one black sheep/bad apple in their family? If you live in a glass house, don't be throwing stones!!! Let the court system do their job and let the chips (wood possibly) fall where they may!!
  • by tree widow Location: halifax county on Aug 13, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    To "don't judge too quickly". I think you should mail the defendant a check for several hundred thousand dollars (a portion of the amount he has stolen from minorities, old ladies, farmers, and all land owners) since you are sympathetic to his stealing. Maybe he would stop stealing from innocent people if you did that. You obviously don't own and depend on your trees to put food on your table. You shouldn't make comments out of ignorance.
  • by steven Location: emporia on Aug 12, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    ive gotten caught up in this thiefs mess where he "bought" a track of tiber and I almost got sent to jail over his neglagence, i must say i dispise this man to the core and he probably will not get what he deserves, which is some hard jail time!
  • by Pinus taeda Location: Halifax on Aug 12, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    It's obvious by most of the comments posted here that you have no idea the amount of money this man has stolen over the past 20 years. By cutting thousands of acres of timber that did not belong to him or by taking advantage of landowners who have no idea the value of their land much less their timber. Millions of dollars have been stolen by him. There are others just like him that need this same treatment, its about time this type of behavior becomes public knowledge before you or your relatives are taking advantage of from people like this.
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