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Sonian Forest tree thieves caught in the act

20:35 20/10/2019

A pair of tree thieves were caught red-handed trying to make away with €5,000 worth of wood in the Sonian Forest.

Forest rangers had long suspected that an organised gang were stealing trunks that had been felled ready for auction.

During a routine patrol early one morning, a ranger spotted a truck. Two men, from Limburg province, were preparing to steal four felled trees.

"Police took the two suspects in for questioning in Watermael-Boitsfort," said forest ranger Bart Swerts.

Every year, some of the forest's trees are selected for sale. They are mainly sent to China and used to make furniture.

"It's not easy to sell," said Brussels Environment senior engineer Stéphane Vanwijnsberghe. "You really have to know the wood processing industry well and have good connections."

Written by The Bulletin


Frank Lee

At the Saint-Gilles prison:
- Hey you, what are you in for?
- I robbed a bank, what about you?
- I'm a fallen tree gangster.

Oct 22, 2019 15:57