Vandals cause $2500 to Smith County logging operation site; owner offering reward

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 12:46 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 7:27 PM CDT
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A reward is now offered after a lot of equipment was damaged at an East Texas logging site.

Wednesday morning, site vehicles at Clark Logging, near Overton, were found damaged and vandalized.

Time and equipment is essential for logging operations like this one, but when Clark Logging workers arrived they found an ugly surprise.

“After we got here and went over things this service truck, is an old truck but it was tore up pretty good. Four flats on this truck, windshield damage, busted the radiator, grill out, windows. First time it’s ever happened to us,” said business co-owner Dwight Clark.

Though there was expensive equipment all over the site, Clark says nothing was stolen.

“Far as I can tell there’s nothing missing,” he says.

The extent of the damage was five vehicles. Tires slashed, hoses cut. They even tried to cut the line on a refueler.

“Probably around $2500 worth of damage,” Clark says.

With essential equipment damaged, Clark is caught in a time problem. To get the track logged, he’ll need manpower.

“Right now the way the logging industry is, we’re pinching pennies to make it. I’ve got to bring some people in that work my cows, and get them to do this work for me,” he says.

Clark says he’s pretty sure he knows how whoever did it got to the remote site.

“They come in here on a 4-wheeler. We found 4-wheeler tracks,” he says.

Given the damage done, Clark wants those responsible caught.

“I’m offering a thousand dollar reward for information that will help me get somebody some jail time,” he says.

Clark has filed a report with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and says the work continues while they try to repair the vandalized vehicles.

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