Posted at: 02/15/2013 8:52 AM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 11:22 AM
By: The Associated Press
Photo: Jeremy Palmer
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Police have arrested a Clovis man in connection with the theft and destruction of a New Mexico plaque to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Portales News-Tribune reports Jeremy R. Palmer was arrested this week and is being held on $20,000 bond.
Police said the 27-year-old faces felony charges of larceny and possession of stolen property. The 24-by-30 bronze plaque, which had been in O.C. Potter Park since its 2003 dedication, was reported missing Feb. 1.
It was found later that afternoon, ground down and broken into three pieces at a local recycling plant. The plaque was the centerpiece of a monument created at a total cost of $7,000. It was unclear if Palmer had an attorney.
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