Man accused of stealing meteorites in Transylvania County

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BREVARD, N.C. (AP) — Transylvania County authorities have made one arrest following the theft of 100 meteorites from a science education center and are searching for a second suspect.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 29-year-old Brian Koontz of Balsam Grove is charged with breaking and entering, larceny and injury to personal property. He is being held at the Transylvania County jail.

Video surveillance captured two thieves breaking into the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Rosman about 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

The thieves took meteorites that were on loan to the institute. They also took television monitors, overhead video projectors, a microscope and other scientific instruments.

Sheriff’s detective Wade Abram says most of the stolen items were recovered from one of the suspect’s homes. He declined to say which suspect.

This article was written by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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