NEW YORK – Two people are arrested after a theft at the New York State Museum. Police say Jonathan Adams, 31, of Fultonville was found with several stolen items from the Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show. They were tipped off after a vendor saw Adams and companion, Kirsten Dwyer, 28, of Johnstown allegedly trying to steal.
Adams was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and sent to Albany County Jail in lieu of bail. Dwyer is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance because police say she had illegal narcotics on her. She was released on her own recognizance, pending a court date on Wednesday.
Natural history specimens stolen from museums is a story that repeats with depressing regularity. Although the ICOM NATHIST Wildlife Trafficking Working Group is not specifically devoted to museum security, it has so often played a part of the supply chain of illicit material.