Thieves steal Dinostar exhibits
Saturday, May 23, 2009,
A DISPLAY about dinosaurs has been ruined after rare exhibits were stolen in a raid on a Hull museum.
Dinostar, Yorkshire’s only dinosaur visitor attraction, in Humber Street, city centre, was burgled – damaging an exhibition which is used to educate children.
Among the items stolen was a replica anhanguera skull, thought to be the only one of its type in the country.
The thieves also took an ammonite fossil, which was one half of a pair which together are worth more than £1,000.
Several items were also stolen from the museum gift shop.
Steve Palter, Dinostar owner , said he never expected the museum to become a victim of burglary.
He said: “The exhibits which were stolen are rare and unique in their own right and it will be hard to replace them.
“It’s very frustrating. I would not have expected us to be a victim.
“You can understand how items like TVs and stereos can be a target as I’d imagine they can easily be re-sold, but these aren’t the type of items you can sell down the pub or at a car boot sale.
“If anyone tried to sell these people would get suspicious – they are quite special.
“Perhaps they are not going to re-sell them, they could have been stolen for a personal collection.”
The interactive dinosaur museum, which has highlights including a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and a unique dinosaur sound box, is still open for business as usual, despite the break-in.
Mr Palter has vowed to try and replace the stolen items to ensure the museum experience is not compromised.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened between 4pm on Monday, May 4 and 2pm on Wednesday, May 6.
Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Humberside Police on 0845 6060222 referring to log 383 of 06 May, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.