Suspects in NC dinosaur theft arrested, property recovered

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Raleigh, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs.

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Raleigh, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two suspects accused of stealing a dinosaur model from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have been arrested.

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Greensboro, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, each face two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.

The suspects were caught on video Monday taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the museum. Officials said the suspects turned themselves in Thursday.

Police said the male suspect jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in a large purse carried by the woman.

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Raleigh, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, each face two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Raleigh, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, each face two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.

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

Police say 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.

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

Authorities said the missing properties from both the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Museum of History has been recovered.

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