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Three Relic Hunters Arrested On Felony ARPA Charges

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

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On Sunday, March 11th, ranger Chuck Lochart saw three men – Fenton Terembes, Jeremy Burroughs and Vincent Williams – metal-detecting and digging relics up in the Spotsylvania battlefield. The three men were apprehended as they left the park by Lochart and rangers Craig Johnson and Tad Pultorak. Their metal-detecting equipment and nearly 200 artifacts were seized. Over 450 excavated holes were found on and around park earthworks where the three had been digging. Rangers, an NPS criminal investigator and Spotsylvania County deputies executed a search warrant at the homes of two of the men and found and seized a number of items, including a computer that may have been used to sell relics on eBay. On April 5th, the three were arrested, taken before a U.S. magistrate in Richmond and charged with felony ARPA violations. A damage assessment is being done by regional NPS archeologists.  In a separate incident on the afternoon of March 17th, a park volunteer reported two people metal-detecting in the Hill-Ewell Drive area of Wilderness battlefield. Ranger Steve Davis responded and apprehended two juveniles who he saw metal detecting and digging in the park. They were issued mandatory citations and are scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate in Charlottesville on April 12th.



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