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Stolen dinosaurs found at Ogden home, returned to museum

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 21:34:14-05

OGDEN, Utah — Three raptor statues that were stolen from the Eccles Dinosaur Park earlier this week have been recovered, according to Ogden Police.

The replica dinosaurs — each standing five feet tall and seven feet long — were part of a display that featured three raptors attacking a much larger predator. Two were mounted on the ground on floor mounts and then one was attacking the larger dinosaur on the side.

The dinosaurs had recently been restored by artist Kirk Larsen, who discovered they were missing Tuesday morning when he returned to check out his work.

On Thursday, police received an anonymous tip that led them to a home in Ogden, where they served a search warrant and found the raptors. Two people were questioned and will likely be facing felony theft charges.

No suspect names or further details were released as no arrests have yet been made. Police did say Tuesday that the thieves likely knew what they were doing — they used unique tools and avoided the park’s cameras.

The dinosaurs have been returned to the park.