Navy probes academy chemical theft

December 03, 1993

Navy investigators are probing a break-in last week at the U.S. Naval Academy's chemistry department in which several chemicals that combined to create an explosion were stolen, academy sources said.

Academy spokesman Paul Weishaupt confirmed yesterday that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the break-in at Michelson Hall, which took place in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 and was discovered later that day.

He would only confirm that chemicals were taken, but would not comment on their explosive nature, saying it was all under investigation.

The sources said that unidentified personal property was taken in addition to the chemicals.

Security cameras detected two individuals leaving the building, but it was unclear whether they were midshipmen.

Navy sources speculated that the break-in may have been part of an Army-Navy week prank, but Mr. Weishaupt said only that "the investigators are looking into every possibility."

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