Lumber heist “equivalent to the theft of gold”

A man who stole treated lumber from a Sarnia, Ont.-area TIMBER MART committed an offence akin to stealing precious metals, prosecutors told a court last week.

“Some would argue that during the pandemic the theft of lumber is equivalent to the theft of gold for what they are charging for the price of wood these days,” Crown attorney David Rows submitted. Justice Deborah Austin agreed, issuing a six-month prison sentence to the 45-year-old defendant.