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Published:July 22nd, 2007 06:38 EST
Artifacts Stolen From Agate Fossil Beds NM Have Been Recovered

Artifacts Stolen From Agate Fossil Beds NM Have Been Recovered

By SOP newswire

OMAHA, Neb.—Investigators working in conjunction with the National Park Service (NPS) have found a duffle bag containing items that were stolen from Agate Fossil Beds National Monument last week.  The specific location where the duffle bag was found has not been disclosed, except that it was in northeastern Colorado.  A Museum Curator from the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Office in Denver, CO assisted with conducting an inventory and assessment of the bags contents.  At this time, all of the items have been accounted for and appear to be undamaged.

Park Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky said, “The items that were taken from the collection are priceless.  They are important pieces that tell part of the story of American history." She added, “The staff here at Agate would like to thank all the agencies involved for their hard work and vigilance in recovering these artifacts."

On Tuesday July 10th, maintenance workers at the park arrived at work to discover that sometime during the previous evening the Visitor Center had been burglarized.  Items from the James Cook-Red Cloud Collection had been taken from the museum display cases.

Two brothers, Gary Paul Garihan and Maxwell M. Garihan, are being held in federal custody in Denver, Colorado.  They have been charged by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, in violation of Title 18, United States Code.  Both men will be in court next week for additional court proceedings.

Special Agents and Law Enforcement Rangers from both the NPS Intermountain and Midwest Regions have been coordinating their efforts along with the other agencies due to the large geographic and multi-state area this crime occurred in.  The investigation and recovery effort has been a collaborative effort with numerous law enforcement agencies including: the National Park Service, Nebraska State Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Park Police, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Logan County (Colorado) Sheriffs Office, Sioux County (Neb.) Sheriff, Omaha (Neb.) Police Department, and the United States Attorneys Offices for the Districts of Colorado and Nebraska.

Source:Name: J. Michael Johnson
Phone Number: 402-661-1760
Email: J_Michael_Johnson@nps.gov