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Pentagon FURIOUS

How Did TMZ

Find Our Missile?

3/16/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The U.S. Air Force sent special agents to Vegas yesterday to grill the guys from "Pawn Stars" ... trying to find out how they got ahold of the sophisticated missile equipment the feds read about on TMZ.com.

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Sources connected to the situation tell us ... two members from the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Unit rolled over to Gold and Silver Pawn yesterday wanting to check out the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile guidance system and missile parts the guys purchased just last week.

We're told the agents wanted to make sure the system was no longer active -- and pulled it apart to ensure it did not contain any important information. 

The agents also inquired about the woman who sold the missile guts to the "Pawn Stars" -- a woman who claims she inherited the stuff from her father.

The seller had maintained that her dad purchased the items at an official military auction during the '80s ... and we're told she had the proper court-approved paperwork specifying she could legally sell the parts.

Here's the best part -- we're told while the agents were inside the shop, they explained how they were initially put on the case after someone from the Pentagon called up wanting to know why they were out of the loop about a missile featured on TMZ.com.

When called for comment, a rep from "Pawn Stars" confirmed agents from the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations did drop by the shop.

However, the rep insisted, "If the Air Force wants the missile back, we will gladly adhere to their request."

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16.

g    

TMZ DID NOT FIND THE MISSILE THE PAWNSHOP DID GEEKS

1128 days ago
17.

Rocco    

Hey Feds, or TMZ, (same difference ? ) could you use your mass investigative skills to find the clothes spammers and exile them to, say, Japan ?

1128 days ago
18.

karlew    

Is "furious" a code word for a little concerned? Shameless self promotion. Wouldn't exactly call repeating the details of a public transaction investigative journalism.

1128 days ago
19.

SubH2O1682    

Yeah, why didn't the Pentagon know where their own missile was?

1128 days ago
20.

Sweet jesus    

Who is the new writer that randomly WRITES IN ALL CAPS and uses an inordinate amount of exclamation points ???!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Their style of writing is beyond annoying and they have no journalistic capability whatsoever.

1128 days ago
21.

Me    

They wanted to know how Pawn Stars got the missile not you TMZ.

1128 days ago
22.

Chia    

Do you know how many people I ask if they saw something on TMZ and they say "I don't watch or read it" BUT will mention other stories they saw. I own coming here, reading and participating in the chats.

Way to go on pissing off the Pentagon...don't get to legit.

1128 days ago
23.

mjl    

Sounds like them. fragmentation of intel runs high in the departments and gets worse every year. that and or the the situation did indeed go down without incident and was no more than inquiry due to someones insatiable interest or concern.

1128 days ago
24.

Sloane    

love love love PAWN STARS
the guys have great personalities & Rick has the best laugh

hope this whole incident results in increased viewership
the show appeals to all age groups so it's fun family show- not alot of those out there!

1128 days ago
25.

lou    

Kinda pathetic that the Pentagon had to find out through TMZ. Well, I guess it's good that someone there was surfing the net though.

1128 days ago
26.

Ginger    

You think it's cool you're involved in something like this? Now that's sad. It must hurt really bad to be so desperate to play with the cool kids you'd do anything - anything, to get attention. Did you ever think there might be danger involved in this? Nah, guess not.

1128 days ago
27.

royalredus    

Let's get a couple of things straight:
A) TMZ didn't find the missile. Someone brought it to the guys of Pawn Stars (who rule, by the way) and TMZ heard a preview of the upcoming episode, like any of us who watch the History Channel
B) The Pentagon was hardly "furious". They were simply doing a routine follow up, as they would when anyone is found to have weapons of war.

Calm down and get over yourselves TMZ. And how about you cool it on the ridiculous hyperbole. (Same with the Suge Knight "BRAWL" you completely overexaggerated about)

1128 days ago
28.

Praised1    

Note to Pentagon:

According to Lindsay Lohan, TMZ is the new CIA.

1128 days ago
29.

jim    

TMZ did not find anything. Sorry Harvey....do you stroke your d**k as much as you stroke your ego?

TMZ......on the front line of ego.

1128 days ago
30.

Stupid People Hater    

I doubt they were furious. They were just covering their bases.

1128 days ago
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