The sheriff’s office received the report of the crime on Jan. 19. The initial report included the possibility that the crime occurred between Jan. 12 and 17. The estimated value of those five pieces has not been determined and the sheriff’s office recognizes these plaques as “priceless” due to their historical significance.
“It’s disastrous,” Sheriff Mike Haley said in a statement. “To believe there are people among us who are responsible for this vandalism really disturbs me. It’s unreasonable to think that this crime was committed by just one person. The national monument honors all Basque ancestors who came here as sheepherders. It was built for the public to view and appreciate, not to be ruined. I personally look for your help in solving this crime and recovering these historic plaques.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office Detective Division at 328-3320, or Secret Witness at 322-4900. Secret Witness has offered a reward for information leading to an arrest.