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Space rock stolen from Science Museum of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. -- A space rock believed to have significant monetary value was stolen from the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, according to the Virginia Capitol Police.

"The iron-nickel meteorite was taken from the 'Speed' exhibit between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday," a Virginia Capitol Police spokesperson said.

A museum spokesperson said the rock, which was on display since the exhibit opened about three years ago, was worth about $1,500.

The exhibit is in the main hall on the first floor of the museum located at 2500 W. Broad Street.

The meteorite was inside a secure, metal display stand, but museum employees discovered that the stand had been disassembled by removing one of the brackets, according to police.

Jen Koca visited the museum last week and was shocked to hear the news.

"It’s a really cool exhibit and it’s great for kids to learn about space that way," Koca said. "Hopefully whoever did it has some remorse and gives it back."

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips and photos here.

Anyone with information was asked to call Virginia Capitol Police at 804-786-2120.