Stolen Utahraptor recovered in Australian Capital Territory
Monday, March 25, 2013
Today —Monday— in Australian Capital Territory, recovered a 1.6 metre (5 foot 3 inch) tall stolen fiberglass dinosaur which had been stolen this past Thursday from Canberra's Gold Creek based . The museum is about 8.7 kilometres (5.4 miles) from Page where the dinosaur was recovered.,
ACT Policing recovered the dinosaur, valued at2500 (about 2600 or 2000), after an earlier potential lead on Facebook gossip page Canberra Confessions had them searching for the missing dinosaur at Shepherds Lookout, near , roughly 16.5 kilometres (19.25 miles) away.
According to the police, a 20-year-old man stole the Utahraptor as part of a birthday prank and had planned to return the Utahraptor to the museum later today. Police described the thief as contrite and apologetic.
Museum manager Richard Mancuso is quoted bysaying, "We are exceptionally happy it has been found after a few days and it is great that the police will be able to resolve the matter".
The dinosaur was returned by the police to the museum with its tail detached. Thereport it is unclear whether the museum and police plan to pursue charges against the dinosaur thief.
- Tom McIlroy. "Stolen dinosaur uncovered in Page home" — , March 25, 2013
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