Boise State Public Radio
U.S. Attorney Marc Haws
A decorative stone supplier got a nine-month prison sentence April 21 for stealing rocks from federal land, Boise State Public Radio reports
Brian Kirkpatrick, 46, of Nampa, was arrested last year during a traffic stop in Owyhee County for failing to stop at a stop sign because his truck had been overloaded with stolen stone.
Kirkpatrick admitted in a plea deal that he took up to 10,000 pounds of sandstone from BLM land. Though the stone was worth about $1,500, federal attorney Marc Haws said his offices takes theft from public lands seriously.
"Public lands are a treasure for all the public. And they're to be respected. And we can't have just wanton depredation, taking things off public land," he said.