Video captures couple stealing baby dinosaur at NC museum

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RALEIGH — Police are looking for a man and woman who were caught on video Monday taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area and then returned three minutes later when no one was around, according to a press release.

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

The man is believed to be in his 20s, has light brown hair and is about 5’7″ tall. He was wearing a dark gray t-shirt, white shorts with gray or green horizontal-stripes and black and white sneakers.

The woman is believed to be in her 20s, has brown hair, is about 5’6″ 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.

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.

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


  • Chucky

    I just find myself wondering why anyone would want to steal a fake baby dinosaur and on top of that, will probably get charged with felony offenses as a result. I hope the little guy (or girl) makes it back to mamma. :)

  • Kennith Thomas

    Remember NC is now the new Holy Land west. According to the bible there are NO DINOSAURS!!!! These people are god’s soldiers. Now this disgusting site can be transformed into a more biblically correct exhibit.

    Do thou what you try without hindered thoughts Uphillipidies 27:6

  • DummLibs

    According to the Bible there are no dinosaurs? Said who, where in the Bible? Kennith if you believe every thing you read in your science books you’ll agree with the theory that dinosaurs lived how long ago? And the Bible is what period of time? Yah, no kidding there were no mention of dinosaurs in the Bible gee I wonder why.

    • Asheboro Man

      The bible is supposed to be from the beginning of time, so where is the mention of dinosaurs? There is no mention of dinosaurs or anything else that is fact because it is a book of fiction. Most of the life of and the so-called “miracles” that are attributed to Jesus were the same ones written about Horus, but in the case of Horus they were written over 1200 years before Jesus existed. Science is the downfall of religion. As things are discovered through science it eliminates another mythological belief of religions.

      • DummLibs

        I have to laugh the way you speak so matter of factly as if you can positively disprove any of the events from the Bible. Its like saying you personally walked among dinosaurs or witnessed firsthand the Big Bang. Forgetting that much about science is theory. Kind of like the modern day climate change (fiction as well) nutjobs who might as well worship Mother Nature as their deity. Besides its easy for a faithful person to subjectively conclude their were dinosaurs and how they were mentioned in the Bible specifically JOB chapter 40 describing the “behemoths” and “tannin”. On one hand you will easily accept a scientific theory but reject a religious theory both of which can provide similar evidence. Interesting.

      • Asheboro Man

        Libs, it is laughable the way you speak matter of factly as if the events in the bible were real. We are supposed to believe that a burning bush spoke, that a man named Moses parted the Red Sea by waving his magic stick at it, believe that there are such things as angels, demons and a supposed perfect being that you call a god. A perfect being could not create anything imperfect even if he wanted to. That contradicts the whole “perfect being” thing. Science has proven that the earth is several billion years old, yet according to the bible it is only around 6000 years old. You are correct that is it easy for a “faithful” person to interpret the bible to mean anything that they want in order to justify their beliefs. Oh, by the way, modern day climate change is very real, even though you can’t wrap your head around it. Personally, I think that anyone who worships any deity is a little off, regardless of which ones it is. In the words of Stephen F. Roberts … “I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

  • Transcender

    Bible Belt churches and conservative Christians used to teach that there was no such thing as dinosaurs because “they weren’t in the Bible.” NOW, those same people are saying that yes, there were dinosaurs and Noah even had them on the Ark with all of the other animals. They can’t get their lies straight… I mean, stories straight…

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