Two men indicted for stealing ancient petroglyphs
Thursday, October 9, 2003

A federal grand jury in Nevada indicted two men on Wednesday for stealing three 800-year-old Indian petroglyphs.

The men face up to 12 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines if convicted. They were each charged with with one count of unlawful excavation of archaeological resources and one count of theft of government property.

The items were taken from federal land near Peavine Peak. A secret witness tip lead to their recovery.

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony helped put up a reward in the case. Washoe chairman Brian Wallace said theft of Indian artifacts is a growing problem.

Get the Story:
Grand jury indicts two in petroglyph theft (The Reno Gazette-Journal 10/9)
Many petroglyph sites are unrecorded (The Reno Gazette-Journal 10/9)

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