Colorado man indicted in artifacts looting case

Colorado man indicted in artifacts looting case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 66-year-old Colorado man is the latest person charged in a far-reaching federal investigation into the looting of ancient Southwestern artifacts.

A federal grand jury in Denver indicted Robert B. Knowlton late Tuesday. The Grand Junction resident is charged with four counts of illegally selling archaeological artifacts and one count of transporting them from Colorado to Utah.

Knowlton is the 26th person charged as part of a federal investigation spanning more than two years in the Four Corners region. He's accused of selling and mailing three items last year taken from federal land: a pipe, a Midland point and a Hell Gap knife.

He hasn't been arrested. Federal officials say he'll get a summons to appear in federal court on Sept. 14.

Knowlton couldn't immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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