Caught on NC museum video: Young couple swipe $10,000 baby dinosaur replica

07/16/2014 2:34 PM

07/16/2014 10:37 PM

A young man and woman were caught Monday on security video grabbing a baby dinosaur replica from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences – and sharing a kiss before they made their escape – the State Capitol Police said.

The video clip shows the man hopping into a display case in the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit. He grabs a polymer resin model of a duck-billed Edmontosaurus and stuffs it into his female companion’s multi-color bag. The two pass beneath the security camera, hand in hand. He gives her a kiss as they walk away.

The dinosaur model is 12 to 14 inches long and valued at $10,000. The theft is a felony offense, Capitol Police said Wednesday.

The man and woman also are suspects in a similar offense the same day at the N.C. Museum of History nearby, involving property valued at less than $1,000.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, 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.

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

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