On Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a garage in Alton, IL was burglarized and a large amount of astronomy related equipment was stolen. Inventoried thus far is the following:
6 Aluminum Cases, 2 black, 4 silver
1 Pelican Case, contained Losmandy G8 Cables and reticle illuminator
1 Of the silver cases had 3 Gary Russell 2" eyepieces in plastic bags
TV Naglers: 4.8mm, 7mm, 9mm, 13mm, 20mm, 31mm
Zeiss 2" Zoom as sold by APM s/n 2592758
TV Plossls: 13mm, 17mm, 26mm, 32mm, 40mm
2" Howie Glater 635nm holographic laser collimator
1.25" Meade Variable Polarizer
1.25" Meade Shorty Barlow
Meade 1.25" eyepieces: 12.5mm,16.8mm, 25mm
Telrad w/ Dew Shield and Pulser unit
Celestron Advanced AstroMaster Computer
80mm Lumicon Super finder with eyepiece
Solar filter for Yang 4" f/8 APO (Identi-View)
TV 2" Big Barlow/ 1.25" Adapter
TV 2" Paracorr/ 1.25" Adapter
TV 2" Everbrite Diagonal/ 1.25" Adapter
Complete Antique 60mm Unitron Telescope, with tripod, alt-az mount,
solar projection screen, 4 eyepieces, UniHex all in original Unitron
Assorted Camera adapters - Olympus mounts
Orion Padded Tripod Bag
ARO Finder Scope with mounting bracket
Kendrick Dew controller w/ 4 heater straps
Black Nylon Shroud for 20" f/4.0
No boxes on the eyepieces or TV equipment - I still have them!
Additionally, 2 Nishiki Trail Bikes were taken, one white and blue (men's) Saga s/n DS80901988, one red (womens) Sport. Stickers with Bicycles of Kirkwood on both bike frames.
Detectives feel that this was done by someone familiar with astro equipment and knew what they were looking for due to the nature of the theft.
If any suspicious AstroMart or online auction activity is noted, please contact me.
If anyone has information that could assist with this investigation, please contact the Alton Police Department at (618) 463-3505, Case # 03-5179. Alton, IL is approximately 30 miles north of St.Louis, MO on the Mississippi River.