[meteorite-list] Stolen Meteorites
From: David Freeman <dfreeman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:46:23 2004
I think this is a great idea, only....one would need to visibly etch a
serial number into the side of the meteorite to register it and have the
number on the title...ok, then, I was only kidding. Hell, we can't get
a quorum for a meteorite dealers/hunters/collectors group. We have so
many here that want things but refuse to liberalize their views to see a
positive group end together on anything.
With the no name NWA meteorites coming into the country, I doubt your
idea goes any farther than something to offer off the cuff comments
about. Cars have a serial number, but they are still swiped all too
often, go figure!
Francis Graham wrote:
> Dear List,
> A few years ago a Pittsburgh resident I knew had his
> large CD music collection stolen. It ended up in a
> used goods store. But, he was not legally allowed to
> get them back, because the dealer had bought them in
> "good faith" from the person who stole them. (The
> actual thief was arrested and convicted). The CDs
> however remained the property of the store.
> At the Carnegie Library in Braddock, a large and
> unique statue of Mercury was stolen. It ended up in
> the store of an antique dealer in nearby Madison, PA.
> The same legal argument held, although the dealer was
> persuaded by the publicity to return the statue (at
> his perogative)(and also he wished to avoid further
> police work).
> Suppose we change this law. Suppose it were
> incumbent on the purchaser to go beyond good faith,
> but to make a strenuous investigation of the title.
> Failure to do that would mean that the stolen object
> goes back to its original owner, no matter how long it
> has been away. Is this a good idea or a bad idea?
> Would this reduce the trade in stolen meteorites or
> not? I can't decide.
> Francis Graham
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