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Man arrested for stealing meteorite from UNM museum

University of New Mexico Police believe they have the man suspected of stealing a one-of-kind piece of history from a university museum.  UNM police arrested Derek Douglas who is accused of stealing a meteorite from the Meteorite Museum.
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Tim Heitz knows a meteorite when he sees one. The self-titled Midwest Meteorman has been collecting the space rocks ever since he saw a feature about them on the Discovery Channel more than 15 years ago.
So when a man contacted Heitz on Dec. 19 and sent him a picture of a meteorite he claimed was from his father's rock collection, Heitz knew it was the real thing. What he said he didn't know was that this meteorite was stolen.

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A meteorite fragment that fell in Ussuri Taiga in the Russian Far East in 1947 has been returned to the Meteorite Museum at the University of New Mexico.
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Stolen New Mexico Meteorite Worth $20K-$40K Found

A meteorite that landed in Russia in the 1940s and was recently stolen from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque has been located.
KRQE-TV reports authorities found the rock after a man in Missouri bought it for $1,700.

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Meteorite stolen from UNM museum

A very expensive meteorite was stolen before the University of New Mexico's Winter break and the international hunt to find it, worked.
The meteorite was once part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, it crashed onto Earth more than 60 years ago in Siberia.

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A 9490 gram Sikhote Alin meteorite was stolen from the University of New Mexico sometime just before the Christmas break.

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Inquires to Carl B. Agee agee@unm.edu
Director and Curator, Institute of Meteoritics
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque



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