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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-13-2006 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Virginia Beach police and NASA officials are looking for who stolen lunar rock samples.

On Tuesday around 3:30 a.m., police responded to a house in the 300 block of Garcia Drive, Virginia Beach, on a report of a theft of a sample of lunar rocks and educational material from a vehicle.

When investigators got to the house, they determined that suspects used forced entry to get inside the victimís vehicle. The suspects took a projector and a silver briefcase containing a sample of rare lunar rocks.

These lunar rocks are entrusted to contracted instructors by NASA for educational purposes. These rock samples are sealed within two clear plastic disks, labeled with identification numbers. The disks are labeled in the center with the words "meteorite samples" and "lunar samples."

The samples pose no risk to the public.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

Callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward if their information leads to an arrest.


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posted 01-14-2006 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is very sad.

I am wondering if they try to sell it for a million dollars, they will end up getting caught anyways.

I doubt they knew what they were stealing. Or maybe they were professional thieves and they knew exactly what is going on.

I think the CIA and FBI will be involved and this will probably be in the news again!

- Zee


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posted 01-14-2006 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
someone badly grabbing anything for sale so they could by their addiction drug

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posted 01-14-2006 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MelvinSchuetz   Click Here to Email MelvinSchuetz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lunar Samples are loaned 1) For Research, 2) For Display, and 3) For Education. The stolen discs are from the third category. In 1978, I was the borrower of a lunar sample for display purposes. Those range from 70-160 grams in size, and are encapsulated in clear lucite pyramids. Probably most collectspace readers have seen those before. In my case, I was in the Air Force, at Duluth, MN, and borrowed the sample for exhibit at our yearly airshow. I was responsible for it about a week in all, and kept it in my office safe with the classified materials before and after the weekend of the airshow! It had been delivered to us via an Air Force courier, however, I returned it to JSC myself, traveling by commercial jet. I carried it with me at all times. I don't know the security restrictions for the small educational samples, but they are very rigid for the large displays: 1) The sample must be hand-carried to and from locations, 2) It must be secured in a safe or vault-type safe when not on display, and 3) It must be under constant surveillance while on display.


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posted 01-14-2006 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote the samples shouldn't have been left in a shiney silver briefcase unattended in a parked car overnight.

Some people just don't have a clue.

Hopefully the thieves have more common sense than this guy.

[This message has been edited by Rizz (edited January 14, 2006).]


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posted 01-14-2006 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyspace   Click Here to Email Tonyspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't explain it any better than Melvin.
I was trained for the three hours on handling
these discs. This is required before you can even request them for educational reasons.
The training is on how to protect them.
Mine were lock in a bank vault and then delivered to the school by the police.
NEVER locked in a van. These thieves have no idea what they have. These discs are a priceless national treasure.

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