I mostly agree with what you're saying, but to put it in another perspective, losing two shuttles meant that half of the original fleet ended in disaster. (Endeavour became the 5th shuttle, built from spare parts to replace Challenger.)
Don't router logs usually show MAC address? The cops should be able to figure out at least that the perp's computer is Brand XYZ and manufactured around a certain date and lord-knows-what-else a MAC shows. That's my guess anyway.