BLUE HILL, Maine — A vandal has caused up to $16,000 worth of damage to logging equipment on the Getaway Road in Blue Hill, according to the Maine Forest Service.
Two skidders that belong to a private logger had their tires punctured recently, said Courtney Hammond, district ranger for MFS based in Jonesboro.
“Essentially, they flattened all eight tires on the machines,” Hammond said Tuesday. “This puts him out of work for days.”
Hammond said the service, which investigates all forest crimes, is working with the Maine State Police in an effort to apprehend the vandal. He said the victim is a local, small-scale logger who harvests trees to sell as timber.
The tires in question are about six feet in diameter, Hammond said. They may be repairable, but even then the logger will be out of work for days and will likely spend no small sum on repairs.
“Those tires on those machines are about $2,000 a piece,” he said. “I’m not gonna say the tires themselves are destroyed, but if they’re repairable it’s still going to be expensive. It’s time lost when he could have been harvesting timber.”
Hammond said cases of vandalism to logging equipment happen occasionally, but the Maine Forest Service more often sees incidents of theft, in which criminals steal batteries, radiators or other parts that have value as scrap.
Hammond asked that anyone with information call the forest rangers at 827-1800 or the Maine State Police at 866-2121. Information can also be relayed anonymously online at the Maine Forest Service website.
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