Pair charged with theft at New York State Museum show

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Click the photo for details of the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

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.

Jonathan Adams Photo: New York State Police
Jonathan Adams Photo: New York State Police

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.

Kirsten Dwyer Photo: New York State Police
Kirsten Dwyer Photo: New York State Police

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.

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3 thoughts on “Pair charged with theft at New York State Museum show

  1. This is the same fellow who, over the course of time recently, took over 3k in mineral specimens from one of the fee-to-dig locations in the Mohawk Valley Region. He was arrested, prosecuted and found guilty, with the aid of security devices on site. His father made some monetary restitution, but that does not, “fix”, everything! I hope they throw the book at him this time, and NOT one on rocks and minerals, either! He likes to sell things online…..thinking it provides anonymity.

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