Suspects Arrested for Theft of Wayne National Forest Property

Suspects Arrested for Theft of Wayne National Forest Property


NELSONVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 2, 2020) – Recently, a U.S. Forest Service Special Agent from the Wayne National Forest obtained arrest warrants for Jimmy Taylor and Brian Fisher. Both were involved in the break-in and theft of a law enforcement trailer and UTV from the Wayne NF Warehouse in Nelsonville, Ohio.


Fisher was arrested in Nelsonville by Forest Service law enforcement with assistance from Athens County Probation and Sheriff’s Department, Hocking County Sheriff’s Department, Nelsonville Police Department, and Buchtel Police Department. Taylor is also in custody facing felony theft of government property.


“Theft and vandalism of government property are crimes with serious consequences,” stated the Wayne Special Agent who arrested the suspects. “Those consequences include being charged with a federal crime and going to federal prison.”


In July, Fisher pleaded guilty to one count of felony receiving stolen government property in violation of 18 USC 641, punishable by up to ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Hunter, United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division in Columbus, is prosecuting this case.


About the Wayne National Forest:

The 244,000-acre Wayne National Forest offers a variety of recreation opportunities, including camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, nature viewing, canoeing, and much more! Over 400 miles of trails beckon visitors to enjoy the great outdoors in Ohio’s only national forest. For more information, visit the Wayne National Forest website at Follow the Wayne National Forest on Facebook (@waynenationalforest) and Twitter (@waynenationalfs).


About the U.S. Forest Service:
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the country’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Its public lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year and provide 20 percent of the country’s clean water supply. For more information, visit



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