In April, Michael Cook, 58, a Pahrump real estate agent, was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing the petroglyph. He claimed he used a rope to pull the free-standing boulder down into his truck.
He was arrested after Nye County sheriff’s detective Morgan Dillon spotted it in Cook’s front yard in June 2009.
“I was thinking that’s a pretty nice petroglyph,” said Dillon, who went to Cook’s house to serve a search warrant in an unrelated case. “It was big and pretty intricate, so I had a feeling that it wasn’t legal.”
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