[meteorite-list] ALERT: Large number of meteorites stolen

From: Galactic Stone & Ironworks <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:10:51 -0500
Message-ID: <CAKBPJW-D7fBqd13tLBjr6W=OhAu8_oEe63Saq+iiq=MX=Qapow_at_mail.gmail.com>

That is a damn shame. We will certainly keep our eyes open for these
specimens and will report the thieves if they try to contact us.

This is what happens when the world is told that meteorites are worth
big money. I have definitely noticed a distinct uptick in meteorite
thefts in the last year or two. Hopefully this does not become a new
trend - if it isn't already.

Maybe we should experiment with a "Lojack" for meteorites - drill a
discrete hole into a large meteorite mass, insert a GPS tracking
device, seal the hole, and put the specimen out on display. Those
tracking devices are getting smaller and smaller as times goes on.

Best regards,


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On 12/27/12, J Sinclair <john at meteoriteusa.com> wrote:
> Dear Meteorite Collectors and Dealers,
> On December 24, 2012 at about 3 AM local time, the Pisgah Astronomical
> Research Institute in western North Carolina was broken in to and well
> over 100 meteorites were taken.
> Many of these meteorites were bought from list members and list
> dealers over the past 15 + years. Many of them are going to be
> difficult to replace. There?s a reward offered for the recovery of
> these meteorites.
> I have pictures, more information and a list of some of the meteorites
> on the website -
> www.StolenMeteorites.com
>  PLEASE take a look.
>  I will be adding to this list and posting new information as it
> becomes available.
> There are several large multi kilo iron meteorites that were also
> taken. I will post information about them as I get it compiled.
> If anyone has any information or are offered any of these meteorites,
> please contact Dave Clavier at PARI or me.  All information will be
> kept confidential.
> Thank you,
> John Sinclair
> jsinclair at pari.edu
> john at meteoriteusa.com
>  252-622-6430
> Contact at PARI
> David E. Clavier, Ph.D.
> Vice President of Administration & Development
> Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
> One PARI Drive
> Rosman, NC 28772
> www.pari.edu
>  828-862-5554  (main)
>  828-553-9713  (cell)
> dclavier at pari.edu
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