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July 22, 2002

Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: #H02-133

NASA Cooperating in Investigation of Theft

The FBI and NASA Office of Inspector General today announced the arrest of three student employees of the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, in connection with the theft of lunar and meteorite samples.

The employees -- Thad Roberts, Tiffany Fowler and Shae Saur -- were summer employees and have been dismissed from their respective student employment programs based on their involvement in the case.

Johnson Space Center notified the FBI and NASA Inspector General of the possible theft on July 15. Further inquiries about the investigation should be directed to the NASA Office of Inspector General (Paul Shawcross at 202/358-2558) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Sara Oates at 813/272-8236).

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