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State Capitol Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Dinosaur Thieves

July 16, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C., July 16 -- The North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued the following news release:

State Capitol Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man and woman who were caught on video Monday afternoon, July 14, taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

A young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area. They returned three minutes later, and the male jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in a large multi-colored purse carried by the female accomplice.

Watch security video from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences here (

Watch security video from N.C. Museum of History here (

The male, 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 horizontal-stripes and black and white sneakers. The female, 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 12-14 inches long and worth about $10,000. The theft is a felony offense.

The two are also suspects in a similar offense the same day at the Museum of History. Property value in that case is less than $1,000.

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

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