Men arrested trying to find 'artifacts' on state land

FWC: the two men were using archeological tools
Posted at 7:24 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 19:24:27-04

A Plant City man is behind bars for trying to steal state cultural artifacts, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

Joshua Adam Myers is accused of trying to remove these artifacts from state land on Thursday night.

Officers found Myers in possession of archeological digging and excavating tools, according to the criminal report affidavit.

The report also says Myers told FWC officers he was searching for "teeth" within the boundaries of the Lower Hillsborough-Southwest Florida Water Management District (FSWMD) property in Thonotosassa. It's an area known to have Native American artifacts, such as spearheads and arrowheads. It is a felony to remove anything from the state park.

Myers was also charged with drug possession.

It does not appear that Myers had success finding any artifacts, according to the FWC, which found the two suspects with K-9 tracking.

Another man, Sean Martin Watkins, was caught by FWC at the same time, and also arrested.