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Thief allegedly steals large ancient shark tooth from NC museum by putting it in her pants

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – A thief stole a large ancient shark tooth from a North Carolina museum by putting it in her pants, according to authorities.

WWAY-TV reported that two women allegedly stole a rare tooth from a giant prehistoric shark called a megalodon.

It allegedly happened Thursday afternoon at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport.

Museum manager and curator Mary Strickland said surveillance video shows the suspects walking around the museum. She said they appeared interested in the magalodon tooth.

The tooth is said to be about 7 inches long and 5½ inches wide.

Strickland said the tooth was under a glass dome on a stand. One of the women allegedly took it and put it in her pants. The suspects then allegedly left.

The manager said her husband found the tooth and it is the largest specimen they’ve discovered. It could be worth $500 or more.

Read more: WWAY-TV