93-pound Petoskey Stone Confiscated From Rock Collector Has A New Home At Detroit DNR Center

Submitted by: skypirate 2 months ago in News & Politics Science

The Petoskey Stone in question.

A 93-pound Petoskey stone seized by the DNR two years ago after a rock collector dug it out of Lake Michigan will finally be put on display.

In a report from WXYZ, Tim O'Brien of Copemish, who collects rocks as a hobby, found the stone in September 2015 near Northport, half-buried in Lake Michigan.

He couldn't dislodge it at first, and had to return with a trowel to dig it out. Once he wrenched it free, he had to carry it up more than 100 steps from the beach to his truck.

In December 2015, DNR officers seized it from his home. A state ordinance prohibits anyone from taking more than 25 pounds of rocks or fossils from state land. The Great Lakes' bottom land is state property.
There are 9 comments:
Male 1,891
If it pleases the crown....
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Male 1,541
THANK GOD the government is there to protect us from this wave of Stone Thieves.  These scofflaws need to be given a severe tongue lashing.  If EVERYONE removed stones...well the world would deflate and drift off into outer space.

And thank you Michigan for wisely using your resources to stop this man from stone stealing...Must be great that there are not more pressing law enforcement issues to pursue, line opioid overdoses, etc.  
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Male 346
That took some stones.
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The biggest problem it is our (Michigan) state stone. If had dug it out of the Wisconsin side they more then likely wouldn't care.
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Male 1,029
My sister was given a ring with a large (for a ring) stone made from it.  Its fossilized coral, that has a hexagonal pattern.  Typically gray-tan in colour.
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Male 4,383
I bet he's bummed.
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Male 21,129
I could trip over that stone every day for the rest of my life and I'd never assume it was anything more than a common river rock.
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fancylad Same here. Who'da thunk those were actually worth something? 
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