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Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum

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A model of a baby dinosaur that was stolen from the Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to the museum and installed again, officials said at a news conference Monday.

The dinosaur replica was taken from the museum and the theft was caught on security cameras. Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of Raleigh, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, surrendered to North Carolina State Capitol Police following the theft.

Ritchey and Lavacca face charges related to the theft of a polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) hatchling. The model is about 12 to 14 inches long and worth about $10,000.

Police say they also took fake cabbage, lettuce, doilies and an antique medicine bottle from the North Carolina Museum of History on the same day. The items combined were worth less than $1,000.

Ritchey and Lavacca are both charged with two counts felony theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc, authorities said.

Museum officials said Monday that the dinosaur will be secured better to make it more difficult for someone to steal. Also, the replica will need some touch-up paint after the theft. The replica was returned to a nest of eggs Monday.

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