Small meteorite stolen from Science Museum of Virginia

Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 11:33 AM EDT
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A small meteorite has been stolen from Science Museum of Virginia, but museum officials say the thieves may not have pulled off the major caper they had in mind.

While some rare meteorites are valued in the millions, the one on display in Richmond was actually fairly common, about the size of a tennis ball and only worth about $1,500.

Virginia Capitol Police are investigating because the museum is owned and operated by the state. They want to hear from anyone who might know something about the theft. If you have any information, you can call them at (804) 786-2120.


that the iron-nickel meteorite was taken Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It was part of the museum's "Speed" exhibit, secured on a metal display stand in a bracket that allowed visitors to touch it.

On Thursday afternoon, museum employees found the metal stand disassembled and the meteorite missing.