Two Indicted for Trying to Sell Artifacts

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A federal grand jury indicts Harvey Thomas Ayers and David Norman Sutton on charges of attempting to sell a historic machine gun which had been stored at the National Air and Space Museum's Garber Facility. Both men pleaded guilty to the charge.


  • Ayers, Harvey Thomas
  • Sutton, David Norman
  • Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility
  • National Air and Space Museum


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," September 1981, p. 2.

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Summer, 1981


  • Firearms
  • National Collections
  • Silver Hill Facility (Maryland)
  • Theft

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