24 Hour Museum: Man Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Artifacts

Raymond Tebble of South Shields, England, was convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeolical site in Leicestershire, England, and was sentenced to one month in prison. His metal detector was confiscated.

The incident occured at an Iron Age site near Market Harborough. Metal detector hobbyists throughout England have been encouraged to aid in finding historic artifacts, but some are using the tools for more nefarious reasons.

Update

An update to this story is here: http://scatoday.net/node/3343

HI I AM STILL A FREE MAN BUT

HI I AM STILL A FREE MAN BUT AFTER READING THE LAST COMMENT ON ME BEING CAUGHT ON THE IRON AGE SITE AT HALLATON WHERE THE FATHER AND SON WHERE ARRESTED FOR HAVING A MAP,ITS GETTING SILLY NOW,DONT GO THERE EATING A YOGHURT WITH A RUNCIBLE SPOON BECAUSE THEY WILL DO YOU FOR HAVING WITH YOU A SHOVEL

well we answered bail on the

well we answered bail on the 21/2 only to be told that it had been cancelled and that we should have had letters each stating so...so the day off work and travel expenses incurred werre a waste of time. The arresting office DC 664 [NAME REDACTED] wasnt even at the station and had to speak to us on the phone, the CPS didnt have enough evidence to prosecute us so we were released without charge. No apology as we expected but a nice sarcastic comment from him stating that in his opinion we were "casing" the area ready to go back at night time". Nice to hear the police speaking out on such positive matters. I expect he was gutted he didnt get a "result". Better luck next time Nic, perhaps you should get behind a radar gun and catch a few motorists if you want easy prey!

i recently appered at liester

i recently appeared at liester crown court and won my appeal and only got a £250 fine

The Treasure hunter magazine

The Treasure hunter magazine will be featuring a story recently on this. Specifically the damage caused to my coins and artefacts that were swept into paper bags when the police raided mine and my fathers house... pottery sherds, flints, rock crystal...it all ended up in the bags. Virtually every coin and brooch has had the patina damaged to some extent. A complaint is being lodged with the police soon. 20 years of metal detecting finds ruined in a matter of months... wonder what the county archeaologist who checked the coins etc thought of this???