Vandals dig out rocks from archaeological site in Sedona

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities are looking for whoever dug up rocks from an archaeological site in Sedona and threw them over a steep embankment.

The U.S. Forest Service says it happened Dec. 16 at Jordan Cave near the trailhead.

Patrol Capt. Jon Nelson says several people were spotted removing the rocks, some dug out of the prehistoric floor of the site. The Forest Service has distributed a photo of three people who it says might be able to help with the investigation.

It's a federal crime to vandalize archaeological resources. Penalties range from a $5,000 fine and six months in jail to a $20,000 fine and a year in jail.

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