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Alleged thieves stole a dinosaur replica at a museum in North Carolina. / North Carolina Department of Public Safety/YouTube

Alleged thieves were caught on camera walking out of a Raleigh, N.C., museum with a baby dinosaur replica in hand.

State Capitol Police are asking for the public's help to identify the suspects.

The couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences on Monday. They returned minutes later and the man jumped beyond a barrier, picked up the casting and put it in the woman's large purse, police say.

Investigators believe the man is in his 20s. He has light brown hair and is about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt, white shorts with stripes and sneakers.

The woman also appears to be in her 20s, has brown hair and is about 5 feet 6 inches tall. She was wearing a pink shirt, blue shorts and ankle-high boots at the time. The stolen polymer resin model is of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) hatchling.

The replica is about 12 to 14 inches long and worth about $10,000; the theft is considered a felony. Police say the two are also suspects in a similar offense the same day at the Museum of History.

The property in that theft equals about $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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