UPDATE: Two Arrested in Connection With Spirit Rock Theft

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UPDATE 10/2/2013 3:00 P.M.

Two people are arrested in connection with the theft of Marietta High School's spirit rock.

The Marietta Police Department says Miles Elliott and Kyle Daugherty, both 19, are charged with breaking and entering and vandalism.

The police department says Elliott and Daugherty admitted stealing the rock from the high school September 29.

Both of them hooked their trucks to the rock with a chain and pulled it loose from the ground.

Police say Daugherty then pulled the rock part way down Academy Drive, at which time Elliott hooked his truck to the rock and dragged it the rest of the way to D.A.V. Road.

Both were taken to the Washington County Jail to be held for court.

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UPDATE 9/30/2013 4:45 PM

A treasure to Marietta High School students and alumni is back where it belongs.

The school spirit rock was taken from school property over the weekend.

Marietta Police say the painted rock was found about seven miles away at D A V Road in Whipple at an entrance to a farm field.

Half of the rock is shaved down from being dragged behind a truck.

Marietta High School Principal Bill Lee says this rock is a tradition dating all the way back to 1969.

"After a while it kind of became a universal message board," says Principal Lee. "Happy birthday was painted on it, good luck - we've used it over the years as part of our homecoming activities."

The rock has since been returned and police continue to investigate.

Marietta Police Captain Jeff Waite says whoever did this could face theft and criminal damaging charges.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the department at 740-376-2007.

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A treasure to Marietta High School students and alumni is back where it belongs.

The school spirit rock was taken from school property over the weekend.

Marietta Police say the painted rock was found about seven miles away at D A V Road in Whipple at the entrance to a farm field.

Captain Jeff Waite says they followed the damage to the road to find the rock.

Captain Waite says whoever did this can face charges of theft and criminal damaging.

The rock has since been returned and police continue to investigate.

Police are asking anyone with information to call (740) 376-2007.


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