RALEIGH — Police are asking the public to help identify a man and woman caught on video Monday stealing a baby dinosaur replica from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
A young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area. They returned three minutes later, and the man jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in a large multi-colored purse the woman accompanying him was carrying, according to the N.C. State Capitol Police.
Watch security video online at http://youtu.be/d0tmMxhv2I4.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, has light brown hair and is about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt, white shorts with gray or green horizontal-stripes and black and white sneakers. The woman, believed to be in her 20s, has brown hair, is about 5 feet 6 inches 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. The theft is a felony offense.
The two are also suspects in a similar offense the same day at the Museum of History, authorities said. 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.