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Indian artifacts stolen from Beech Island Historical Society

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AIKEN, SC (WIS) - Someone has stolen Indian artifacts from the Beech Island Historical Society on Old Jackson Highway in Beech Island.

For ten years, Jackie Bartley has worked hard to make sure the history of the island doesn't fade into obscurity.

"Somebody stole a piece of our history that will be hard to replace," Bartley said.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says late last week, an individual walked into the building through a back door, smashed a glass case and removed an estimated $1,000 in artifacts.

"It was our whole Indian artifact collection," Bartley said.

Sixteen Native American arrowheads were swiped from the display. The oldest dated back to 9,000 B.C. Other items, such as metal buttons from the 1700's, musket balls and English coins, were also taken.

"I would beg whoever took them to please return them, leave them on our doorstep or call me or whatever," Bartley said.

Jackie hopes whoever did it will have a change a heart so that future generations can cherish the history of the area.

"Hopefully there will be history here after I'm gone," Bartley said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at(800) 922-9709. Individuals also should call Crimestoppers of the Midlands: (888) - CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1000.

Reported by Jordan Sandler

Posted by Bryce Mursch

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