Dinosaur thieves turn themselves in to State Capitol Police - WRBL

Dinosaur thieves turn themselves in to State Capitol Police

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RALEIGH, N.C. - State Capitol Police say the man and woman who stole a baby dinosaur replica at the Museum of Natural Sciences turned themselves in Thursday morning.

The missing pieces have been recovered.

Police charged Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of  Raleigh, and  Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums.  These are felony offenses under North Carolina law.

Ritchey was being held on a $2,000 secured bond, and Lavacca was released on an unsecured bond.

The pair were caught on tape when it happened Monday afternoon.

Officials say Ritchey jumped the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in a large multi-colored purse carried by the Lavacca.

Watch security video here:   http://youtu.be/d0tmMxhv2I4

The stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) hatchling is about 12-14 inches long. It’s worth about $10,000.  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.

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