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Man With Metal Detector Caught Digging In Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park

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During the late afternoon hours of Saturday, January 31st, protection rangers were notified by the Hanover County Dispatch Center that a park neighbor had reported seeing a suspicious vehicle parked on private property adjacent to the Gaines’ Mill battlefield unit. The rangers searched the area and found a man with a metal detector digging holes inside the park boundary. A total of three holes were found. The metal detector, a shovel, and a small bag of artifacts were confiscated. Numerous charges were filed, with a March court date scheduled.  The incident is being investigated by both the NPS and the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.



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