LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - After a handful of heavy metal thefts, Limestone County sheriff's deputies arrested a man from Ardmore who they say stole three historical monuments.
"From what I understand, this is the center of the plantation," Limestone County Historical Society president Linda Nelson said.
Surrounded by a cotton field, the Gamble House is a two-story home on Brownsferry Road.
"It's one of the oldest brick structures in Limestone County," Nelson said.
The house pre-dates the Civil War, but the owner of the Gamble House still lives there.
"Being so old, we want the house to survive," Nelson said.
A metal pole on the roadside normally marks the property, but it's missing.
"We've never had this happen in all the years we've been doing it until April," Nelson said.
Nelson says someone stole two historic markers in April. The Gamble House marker, made of cast aluminum was the third. But Nelson says someone called in a tip this month, leading deputies to a storage unit in Madison, where they found all three.
"Thankfully, they hadn't been destroyed, that was one of our concerns," Limestone County sheriff's deputy Stephen Nelson said.
Limestone County deputies say now that they've recovered the three signs, they should be able to return them to the historical society. Nelson says that's good news, because to try and replace the markers is nearly $3,000 apiece.
"If they could've found some place to buy it for scrap, it might've been $20 or $30," Nelson said.
Deputies arrested Weston Fitzgerald for the crime. He now faces three theft charges.
The investigation remains open, and more charges may be pending. Fitzgerald is held in the Limestone County Jail on $15,000 bond.
Fitzgerald was also arrested in April on a strangulation charge.