Attempted Dino Theft at Exploration Place
Prince George, B.C. – As far as acts of vandalism goes, this one will surely go down as one of the most prehistoric.
This after after an attempted theft of a dinosaur – a Velociraptor – from The Exploration Place sometime over the weekend.
CEO Tracy Calogheros says the science museum purchased the life sized dino about a year ago for the Urban Garden in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
“We special ordered it, it took forever to come in. Somebody decided I guess that they had a better home for it then we did.”
She says when the vandals realized they couldn’t steal the dinosaur, they trashed it instead, damaging the fencing that surrounded it in the process.
“I don’t even know if we can fix it. We’ve got some great artists here at the museum and that’s our only hope really for repair.”
Calogheros says it happened sometime between last Friday and Monday and notes the dinosaur is worth over $1,500.
She’s filed a report with the RCMP and is now considering putting up wire fencing.
“It’s so frustrating and we’ve had vandals and thieves target that garden in other years and it’s an important installation in the park. The community loves it, the kids are learning so much about urban gardening and yet it’s become a constant problem for us.”