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Man Charged In PARI Break-In

Updated: Tuesday, January 1 2013, 04:55 PM EST

One man is in jail charged with the Christmas Eve break-in at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.  Authorities say 29-year-old Brian Koontz is in the Transylvania County Jail on charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and injury to personal property.  He allegedly stole electrical equipment like monitors and projectors, as well as meteorites that were on display from PARI last Monday.  Koontz was arrested Sunday, December 30th.  He is being held on a $10,000 dollar bond.

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Man Charged In PARI Break-In

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