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Man accused of stealing dinosaur claw in Arizona worth $25k

TUCSON, Ariz. (TCD) — A 39-year-old man stands accused of stealing and trying to sell a fossilized dinosaur claw worth $25,000.

According to KOLD-TV, on Jan. 30, Christopher Thomas allegedly stole the claw from a gem show vendor at 655 N. Freeway in Tucson. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Thomas reportedly tried to sell the claw to another vendor at 1333 N. Oracle Road. KOLD reports that the second vendor suspected that the fossilized artifact had been stolen and alerted the first vendor.

According to KOLD, officers from the Tucson Police Department arrested Thomas on Wednesday, Feb. 9. He was reportedly charged with trafficking stolen property, a felony.

The Associated Press reports that the claw is currently in Colorado with its owner.


Man accused of stealing dinosaur claw facing felony charge – KOLDMan accused of lifting $25K dinosaur claw at Tucson gem show – AP