Man Turns Down $10,000 After Learning Meteorite Was Stolen

March 12, 2009

Wisconsin (ChattahBox) – A man who was offered $10,000 for a hunk of metal that has turned out to be a meteorite has turned down the offer after learning it had been stolen.

Tom Lynch said he bought the 50 pound rock from a rummage sale for $10, and used it for years to weigh down a basketball hoop for his grandson.

After watching a special on the Travel Channel, he learned that it was actually a meteorite, and researchers from the Milwaukee Public Museum and Field Museum offered him $10,000 for it. However, Lynch refused, after learning that it had been stolen from Arizona’s Meteor Crater Visitor Center in the late 60’s.

“We can’t sell what we don’t own,” he explained.

“It was going along pretty good there for a while. I’ve been really lucky in my life, so this doesn’t faze me,” he said. “I’ve got mixed emotions. I’m glad it’s going back and a lot of people will be able to see it. And I’m feeling sorry I didn’t get $10,000 for it.”

Lynch has offered to return it to the center, and has been offered a $1,000 reward.


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