Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum
Posted July 28
Raleigh, N.C. — A dinosaur replica stolen from an exhibit at a downtown Raleigh museum on July 16 was returned to its home Monday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) hatchling, which is valued at $10,000, suffered some minor damage, according to museum officials.
Jason Whitman, exhibit project coordinator, repainted the dinosaur and installed a new anchoring system in the dinosaur's nest in the museum's Prehistoric North Carolina Hall.
Museum surveillance video caught two people stealing the replica. Logan Todd Ritchey and Alyssa Ann Lavacca were later charged.
Ritchey, 21, of 12524 Village Pines Lane in Raleigh, and Lavacca, 21, of 812 Crossway Lane in Holly Springs, were each charged with conspiracy to commit felony larceny and two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries or museums.