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Dinosaur replica stolen from NC science museum

Posted July 16, 2014

— State Capitol Police asked Wednesday for the public’s help in identifying two people who took a replica of a baby dinosaur from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on Monday.

The young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area, returning minutes later when nobody was nearby, authorities said. A museum security video shows the man jumping over the exhibit barrier, picking up the dinosaur casting and climbing out before putting it in a large multi-colored purse carried by his female accomplice.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, has light brown hair and is about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt, white shorts with gray or green stripes and black and white sneakers. The woman, also believed to be in her 20s, has brown hair, is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and was wearing a pink shirt, blue shorts and ankle-high boots.

The stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) hatchling is about 12 to 14 inches long and worth about $10,000, authorities said.

The two are also suspects in a similar offense the same day at the neighboring North Carolina Museum of History, authorities said. The stolen property in that case was valued at less than $1,000.

Anyone with information on the two thieves is asked to call the State Capitol Police at 919-733-3333.


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  • will2 Jul 17, 2014

    back in my day we stole real dinosaur eggs and had them for breakfast.

  • Super Hans Jul 17, 2014

    Once their jail time is up, make them and their parents wear dunce caps and signs proclaiming themselves to be thieves and sit outside the museum during operating hours every day for the next 2 years.

  • 678devilish Jul 17, 2014

    I hope they will be caugher asap. Someone out there knows exactly who they are.

  • 678devilish Jul 17, 2014

    Both of them should absolutely be charged. They also should be charged a hefty fine. They also should have to publicly do community work. It made no sense in what they did. Caught on camera. Allow justice to be served here.

  • golfprincess Jul 17, 2014

    I suspect Game of Thrones cosplay...

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 17, 2014
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    They stole from every visitor to the museum -- that's thousands of victims. Put the parents of the thieves on trial as well for raising a thief. Every door locked, all things locked or bolted down, watching all the time, trusting no one and treating all as thieves is no way to live -- except in jail.

  • Alexia Proper Jul 17, 2014
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    While I think what they did is awful, that dinosaur replica is not worth $10K. The lady in the video cracked me up with her words that it's "museum quality" and "a lot of scientific intellectual content" went into it. What a way to play it up.

    The know what it looks like and replicating a replica isn't that expensive.

  • Alexia Proper Jul 17, 2014
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    "Common sense" might tell you that you might get caught, but this is not the problem and isn't what needs to be taught. Rather, this is "morals". Sadly, our society is lacking in this area and this is what needs to be taught at home from the earliest age.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jul 17, 2014


    1. So they can move it if they need to
    2. Alarms cost a ton of money, especially a laser triggered one that would have worked here.
    3. Because they'd have to pay someone unless they could wrangle up a volunteer to stare at CRT monitors all day

  • Terry Watts Jul 17, 2014
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    1. Why aren't these things at least glued to the floor or something?
    2. Why isn't there an alarm when someone crosses the barrier?
    3. Why isn't someone monitoring the cameras so they can call security when something like that happens?