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Suspect Arrested in Howard's Rock Vandalism

6:36 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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  • Howard's Rock at Memorial Stadium at Clemson.(Getty Images)
  • Micah Rogers (Clemson University Police)
    

Clemson, SC (WLTX) - Clemson University police have arrested a suspect in the recent vandalism of the university's iconic Howard's Rock.

Officers have arrested 18-year-old Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.  He's charged with one felony: malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; and one misdemeanor: trespassing, unlawful entry into enclosed places.

Back on June 2nd, police say Rogers broke the casing that protects the rock, then took off a small portion of the rock. Police later released video of the truck leaving the scene.

Investigators now believe Rogers jumped a fence to gain access to the place where the rock is located.
 
A witness identified Rogers as the man who left the scene.

Police have not recovered the missing part of the rock, and say Rogers is not telling them where it is. Police are also looking for other people who may be connected to the case.

Officers did not speculate on a motive, but did reveal to reporters that the truck had a Clemson logo on the back of it, and Rogers had Clemson memorabilia in his home.

Police say Rogers is not a student at the school. 

The rock was first brought to Clemson in 1919 from Death Valley, California. In one of the most famous traditions in college football, Clemson players rub the rock for good luck before running onto the field at home games.

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