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July 25, 2002
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The FBI says it has arrested four people, including three NASA interns, after getting a tip that stolen, government-owned moon rocks were being offered for sale on the Internet.

The rocks had been stored at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center in Houston, in a 600-pound safe, according to the Reuters news agency. The safe was discovered missing on July 15. The FBI isn't saying how the safe was removed.

NASA described the four ounces of lunar samples, which came from all six U.S. moon flights, as "priceless," though it estimated their value for scientific purposes at $1 million. They were offered for sale on the Internet at $2,000 to $8,000 per gram, investigators said.

The FBI said it began investigating after receiving an e-mail tip in May from a Belgian man who was a member of a mineralogy club in Antwerp. He told them moon rocks were being advertised for sale on the club's Web site. An FBI undercover agent began an e-mail correspondence with the person who placed the ad and they agreed to meet in Orlando on July 20.

Arrested in Orlando were Thad Roberts, 25, Tiffany Fowler, 22, and Gordon McWorter, 26. Shae Saur, 19, was arrested in Houston. Roberts, Fowler and Saur were student interns at the Johnson Space Center, according to Reuters.

Source: Reuters, via Lycos

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