CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man is in custody for allegedly stealing a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial plaque from a city park.
Clovis police say 27-year-old Jeremy R. Palmer was arrested Thursday.
He’s being held on a $20,000 bond in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of larceny and possession of stolen property.
The 24-by-30 bronze plaque was found in three pieces at Clovis Recycling on Feb. 1 with the facial image removed.
Police had alerted recycling companies to be on the lookout for the plaque because of its value as scrap metal.
The plaque was the centerpiece of a monument created in 2003 at Potter Park at a cost of $7,000.
Police say they identified the person who claimed ownership of the metals, leading to Palmer’s arrest.