FREEDOM, Maine — Police are investigating the theft of about three cords of tree-length ash logs that were reported missing on Sunday from a woodlot on Greeley Road.
The owner of the woodlot had recently hired somebody to cut the trees, but then was unable to get the logs home right away because of illness, Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning.
When the landowner did return to his woodlot, he found that the wood had vanished. He reported the theft to police on Sunday afternoon. If cut, split and used for heating, the ash would have a value of about $375, Trafton said.
A deputy planned to contact people in the area to see if a load of ash had appeared unexpectedly, according to the chief deputy. He also said that every winter in Waldo County, police hear reports of stolen firewood or propane tanks that have been left unattended.
In late November, three men were caught allegedly siphoning heating oil from a tank outside a dead woman’s home in Belfast.
According to Trafton, the load of missing logs also might have ended up at a mill. They appeared to have been picked up from the woodlot without being processed.
“Let’s face it, it’s expensive to heat,” Trafton said. “Wood, or oil, or propane — it does cost money.”