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Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum

Posted July 28

— 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.

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  • dh1964 Jul 28, 3:19 p.m.

    "They will have to disclose this on every job application where it asks if they've ever been... View More

    — Posted by dwntwnboy2

    Is that right? Which "real, dangerous criminal" did we see get away today because the courts didn't work? Yesterday?

  • nicklebbad Jul 28, 3:17 p.m.

    so young to have a felony charge as stupid as this. Hope it deters future thefts

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 28, 3:03 p.m.

    "They will have to disclose this on every job application where it asks if they've ever been convicted of a crime"- not just yet they don't. They haven't been convicted yet, not even on trial. The way I've seen the courts work, or NOT work, around here lately, who knows what the outcome will be. They could plea deal it down to a trespassing charge before it's all said and done.....not that I want to see them get away with it, but we see very real, dangerous criminals get away every day.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jul 28, 2:55 p.m.

    So thankful!!! I have not been able to sleep since someone took that poor little baby dinosaur!!! Glad he is now back in his natural habitat.

  • cbunn2 Jul 28, 2:47 p.m.

    Dummies with too much free time on their hands!

  • snowl Jul 28, 2:39 p.m.

    I bet they both realize now that it was not worth it. Now their name is on the crime list.

    — Posted by 678devilish

    They will have to disclose this on every job application where it asks if they've ever been convicted of a crime. Then it's up to the employer IF they want to hire them anyway.

  • 678devilish Jul 28, 2:28 p.m.

    I bet they both realize now that it was not worth it. Now their name is on the crime list.

  • dh1964 Jul 28, 2:20 p.m.

    Got to wonder what the replica would fetch at a pawn shop. At least this pair of thieves didn't... View More

    — Posted by nufsaid

    Yes. Which is why they're being charged with larceny, not robbery or assault.

  • nufsaid Jul 28, 2:14 p.m.

    Got to wonder what the replica would fetch at a pawn shop. At least this pair of thieves didn't physically harm anyone during their caper.