Stolen dinosaur replica to be returned to Raleigh museum Monday
Posted July 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.