Authorities recover stolen artifacts

Aiken, Souch Carolina (AP) 9-08

Authorities say $1,000 worth of American Indian artifacts stolen from the Beech Island Historical Society have been recovered.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Frank said during early September that an elderly man turned in the collection after buying it for $500 at a flea market in Augusta, Ga. He did not identify the buyer.

Frank says the items were bought from two men selling from a car trunk, and he’s hoping other shoppers at the Old 56 Flea Market can provide more information.

The recovered items now held as evidence include arrowheads, English coins and metal buttons from the 18th century.

Deputies said someone walked into the historical society two weeks ago through a back door, smashed a glass case and took the items.