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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Police ask for help identifying dinosaur thieves

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- State Capitol Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man and woman caught on video Monday afternoon taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Police say the 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 carried.

The man, who police think is in his 20s, has light brown hair and is about 5'7". 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 5'6" and was wearing a pink shirt, blue shorts and ankle-high boots.

Capitol Police say the stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus 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. 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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