Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Strange Loot: A Collection of the Most Bizarre Stolen Items
 
 
In separate federal indictments, two Texans were charged with theft of government property for taking parts of the Space Shuttle Columbia that plummeted the ground after the 2003 explosion that killed seven crew members. Merrie Hipp, 43, was accused of swiping a circuit board, while Bradley Justin Gaudet, 23, allegedly stole a piece of thermal insulating fabric. The debris, much of which landed in Texas, was vital to the efforts of NASA scientists (pictured) to better understand the cause of the disaster.

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