Stolen New Mexico Meteorite Worth $20K-$40K Found

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A meteorite that landed in Russia in the 1940s and was recently stolen from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque has been located.

Authorities found the rock after a man in Missouri bought it for $1,700.
It's worth between $20,000 to $40,000.

The Meteorite Museum at UNM flew an employee to retrieve the
nearly 21-pound chunk of space -- and lug it through security.

School police believe someone stole the meteorite from the
display case and walked out the front door. Investigators have a
suspect but no one has been arrested.

The meteorite was once part of the asteroid belt between Mars
and Jupiter and crashed in Siberia. It was a gift from a Soviet
scientist.

The Meteorite Museum is closed for a security review.


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