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Couple caught on camera stealing a model dinosaur from a museum

Why, people? Why?


A YOUNG COUPLE have been arrested for stealing a model baby dinosaur from a museum exhibit in the US.

Todd Ritchey and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, both 21, were caught on CCTV taking a €7,400 model of a baby Edmontosaurus from a natural history museum in North Carolina.

Video footage shows Ritchey climbing over the railings of the exhibit and taking the model from a replica nest – he then hands it to Lavacca, who stuffs it into her handbag.

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The museum released the footage on Wednesday, and asked for any help in identifying the two thieves.

The Charlotte Observer reports that on Thursday morning, an ‘unidentified male’ dropped off a bag containing the stolen model dinosaur at the rear entrance of the museum.

The couple then turned themselves in to police.

It wasn’t the only crime they’d committed that day – according to police they are the main suspects in another robbery at a separate history museum, where props including fake cabbage and lettuce and an antique medicine bottle were taken.

We have just one thing to say to them…

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