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Stolen dinosaur replica to be returned to Raleigh museum Monday

Posted July 25, 2014

An image from a security video at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows a man climbing inside an exhibit on July 14, 2014, to steal a replica of a baby dinosaur valued at $10,000.

— A dinosaur replica stolen from an exhibit at a downtown Raleigh museum on July 16 will be returned to its home on Monday, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences officials announced Friday.

The polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) hatchling, which is valued at $10,000, has been repainted, and it will be installed with a new anchoring system next week.

Museum surveillance video caught two people stealing the replica, and 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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  • nobodyknow420 Jul 25, 2014

    If they had been out drinking instead of at a museum none of this drama would have happened!

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jul 25, 2014

    Stupid crime to say the least, but at least they didn't shoot someone or beat them over the head with a rock for their wallet....