Dinosaur egg theft arrest made
By JARED MORGAN – The Southland Times
Last updated 05:00 10/08/2010
Invercargill police have unearthed the man they say is responsible for the theft of a fossilised dinosaur egg from Otago Museum last week.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Terry said police yesterday arrested a 52-year-old Invercargill artist and charged him with theft in relation to the egg stolen from the Dunedin museum’s ground-floor shop early last Tuesday.
He was also charged with shoplifting in Gore and was scheduled to appear in the Invercargill District Court on Friday, Mr Terry said.
The fossil, a hadrosaur egg from the Cretaceous period, between 145 million to 65 million years ago, was collected in the Henan province in China and was valued at $1700.
The egg was missing for two days before it was left in a supermarket shopping bag at the Dunedin Central Police Station about 8am on Thursday.
The counter at the station was unattended at the time.
Police said they were able to trace the man after working through security camera footage from the police station and images taken from a surveillance camera at the museum.
That footage showed a man walking up to the egg, checking to see no-one was watching before putting it in his bag and walking out.