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.

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