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#1 sealevel



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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:04 PM

Good news,
This probably should be posted under the Stolen Meteorites post but the news is so good I thought it might get buried there and would not reach everyone, thus the new post. Please read the good new year news below:

Public Information:

Hi Everyone,

In case you did not see this on the Met List see below for some good news regarding the break
in and meteorite theft at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.

This is really great news for the start of the New Year!! Hopefully all the meteorite
specimens have been recovered in intact.

Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe New Year!

Best Regards,

xxx xxxxx
Vice-President I.M.C.A. Inc.
Member #2413

-----Original Message-----
From: meteorite-list-bounces@meteoritecentral.com
[mailto:meteorite-list-bounces@meteoritecentral.com] On Behalf Of J Sinclair
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 1:03 PM
To: Meteorite List
Subject: [meteorite-list] ARREST MADE in break in and meteorite theft.

Dear Collectors and Dealers.

Thank you to everyone that has helped in getting the word out about
the break in and theft at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.
The Sheriff's Department has released information that meteorites and
other items have been recovered. No details yet on the extent of the

John Sinclair
Curator of Meteorites
Research Affiliate
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
One PARI Drive
Rosman, NC 28772

Below is the release from the Transylvania County Sheriff's Dept:

The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office has identified and charged
two individuals involved in the breaking and entering of Pisgah
Astronomical Research Institute.
The two individuals are:

Robin Morris Baldwin Jr.
Age 30
Hendersonville, N.C.

Brian Thomas Koontz
Age 29
Balsam Grove, N.C.

In the early morning hours of 12/24/2012 individuals entered the
facility and took items such as monitors, televisions, and projectors.
The individuals also took meteorites that were on display at the
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.

Transylvania County Sheriff's Office had asked the media for its
assistance in identifying three individuals that visited Pisgah
Astronomical Research Institute on 12/21/2012 as they were considered
persons of interest.
The investigation led to one of the above listed names. Through
investigators diligent work most of the property including meteorites
were recovered.

The above listed individuals have been each charged with Felony
Breaking and Entering, Conspiring to Breaking and Entering, Felony
Larceny, Conspiring to Commit Larceny, Misdemeanor Injury to Personal
Brian Koontz was served the above listed warrants by Transylvania
County Deputies. Koontz is currently in custody at the Transylvania
County Detention Facility under a ten thousand (10,000) dollar secured
Robin Morris Baldwin Jr. is still at large. It is thought he is still
in Henderson County.

If the public has information on Baldwin's current location please
contact the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office at 828-884-3168 or
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 828-862-7463.
Information may also be submitted from the Transylvania County
Sheriff's Office web page at www.tcsonc.org

Transylvania County Sheriff's Office along with Pisgah Astronomical
Research Institute would like to thank all media outlets who received
the initial press release and covered the story. We would also like
to thank all concerned citizens who phoned in with information.

Detective Wade Abram
Transylvania County Sheriff's Office
Criminal Investigation Division
153 Public Safety Way
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-3210 Office
828-884-3168 Front Desk
828-884-3401 Fax
wabram@tcsonc.org email

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#2 Dick Lipke

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:18 AM


I still wonder how many were damaged due to their hast in getting away? Their actual value wasn't even considered, the only thing on their minds was a quick buck they may get after words.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:06 AM



Davio R.

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