Stolen petroglyphs recovered

A sierrawave.net reader provided  photos of the damage and thefts at the petroglyph site.  This shows an attempt to steal with four sides cut by a saw.

A sierrawave.net reader provided photos of the damage and thefts at the petroglyph site. This shows an attempt to steal with four sides cut by a saw.

UPDATE:  2-1-13  BLM Field Office Manager Bernadette Lovato said that BLM “received anonymous information and we recovered the petroglyphs.”

Bureau of Land Management investigators don’t want to say where or how, but they confirmed today that the petroglyph panels stolen from the major rock art site north of Bishop have been recovered and are in the possession of the BLM. Discussions are underway with the Bishop Paiute Tribe on how to handle the dissected panels.

The BLM press release said this:

“Petroglyph panels taken from a major rock art site north of Bishop have been recovered.

Suspects(s) have not been identified and BLM is continuing its investigation, so cannot release further details at this time.

Reward funds totaling $9,000 have been donated or pledged for information leading to the conviction of the responsible party(ies).

The damaged petroglyph panels at the site on the Volcanic Tableland were discovered in late 2012.

Bernadette Lovato, BLM Bishop Field Office manager said, ‘Recovery of the petroglyphs was a priority from day one. I am pleased that they were returned.  Now we need the public’s help to identify the vandals responsible for damaging the site.’
Anybody with information about the theft is asked to contact BLM law enforcement at (760) 937-0301 or (760) 937-0657.  The suspect(s) may have experience and access to masonry cutting tools.

The petroglyph site is protected under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  This site is one of the most significant rock art sites in the region and is still used by the local Paiute Tribe for ceremonies.

Convictions on ARPA violations can result in fines and/or prison terms.  In addition, ARPA provides for civil fines, either in conjunction with or independent of any criminal prosecution, and forfeiture of vehicles and equipment used in the violation of the statute.”

 

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tj nella
tj nella
9 years ago

great news!

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

pechanga is an indian tribe in temecula ca, hmmmmm

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

I don’t understand why BLM doesn’t release how they got them back? Don’t we have a right to know?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble, They are still investigating and trying to get suspects. Sometimes investigators withhold details to use
in questioning suspects. Benett

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

This town seems to hold back more than most.

dj
dj
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

An article on pechanga.net said the BLM received an anonymous letter leading to the stolen petroglyphs

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  dj

N-I-C-E! I knew someone would rat someone or something out.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

LOL Trouble … We don’t have to know everything .. gotta leave some for speculation and blogs.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

True Big Al, our DA must be a big blogger.

Larry Peckham
Larry Peckham
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I’m glad to see that the petroglyphs were recovered but the damage is forever.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

On going investigation Jerry

Steve Benson
Steve Benson
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I suspect that releasing the details could compromise the investigation. I hope they let us know about it as soon as the perpetrators of this act are caught, but until then, whatever it takes to get these people, right?

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

BLM must have done something right maybe .. I mean that in a positive remark, that these have shown up … I wonder did they get nervous and dump them or did they just get discovered somewhere. I really thought they would get away (the stolen pieces), this is awesome… Read more »

Alice Chan
Alice Chan
9 years ago

Thank goodness! Now if the horrid people who perpetrated this art-theft can be identified and fined, I’ll be a bit happier. It’ll never be the same, of course, since the on-site scars will remain forever, but at least these ancient pieces won’t be sitting in somebody’s high-end fireplace.