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Man charged for stealing trees
Farmington, N.Y. -- The Ontario County Sherrif's Office has charged a Victor man with stealing 49 black walnut trees were harvested to be sold on the Town of Farmington's property.
Investigators estimated the trees were valued at $22,700.
"The investigation verified that the trees had been logged without the permission of the town, and that they had been allegedly been sold," said Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero.
Greg Schrom, 44, was charged with third-degree grand larceny April 10 in connection with the incident.
Investigators alleged Schrom hired a contractor to harvest the trees that are located by the town's wastewater treatment plant.
"The wood in black walnut has a lot of value for furniture, for gun stocks and for other wood-made-type sub-materials," said Povero.
Schrom lives just beyond the wooded area on Route 96.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Office and the Environmental Conservation Police investigated the case for several months before Schrom's arrest.
The Ontario County District Attorney told 13WHAM the penalty for a third-degree grand larceny charge can vary from a conditional discharge to possibly even up to seven years in prison.