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Historical markers stolen!

All that's left of the historical markers along Van Zandt County Road 1117 are two metal poles. The engraved, cast-aluminum plates were literally ripped off.

One marker identified the former boundary between Indian Lands and Texas. The other marked the place where Father Jose Calahorra worked as a missionary to Indians that occupied the area in 1760.

"My guess is it's just vandalism. Not realizing or not caring what they're tearing up," said Elvis Allen with the Van Zandt County Historical Commission.

The markers were paid for by volunteers with the commission.

Authorities don't have any suspects yet, but say this kind of theft isn't taken lightly.

"They're gonna be facing felony charges on this. We're gonna prosecute to the full extent," said Jason Burns with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department.

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