- Is this the case that finally propels Hugh Lockwood out of retirement?
Fan fiction possibilities, anyone? :-)
NASA Workers Admit Stealing Moon Rocks
By Associated Press
December 24, 2002, 6:58 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three student employees at the Johnson Space Center in
Houston have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to steal moon rocks
collected by Apollo astronauts.
Tiffany Fowler, Thad Roberts and Shae Saur pleaded guilty in federal court in
Orlando last week to conspiracy to commit theft and interstate transportation
of stolen property.
Undercover FBI agents arrested Roberts, 25, Fowler, 22, and a fourth
defendant, Gordon McWhorter, 26, in Orlando in July. Saur, 19, was arrested
in Houston the same day. The student workers were fired after the arrests.
McWhorter, a college friend of Roberts, is scheduled for trial in February.
Investigators say the group placed an ad in May on the Web site of the
Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium, offering to sell "priceless moon rocks"
collected by Apollo astronauts in 1969 and the early 1970s for $1,000 to
$5,000 a gram.
Two months later, a safe containing moon rocks from every Apollo mission was
discovered missing from the space center. Officials said the inventory
offered by the suspects came from the safe.
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