Four suspects have been arrested after pulling off one heck of a heist which netted them 80 fossilized dinosaur eggs.
The eggs were allegedly stolen from a collector in Zhejiang province. One suspect surnamed Wang visited the collector twice, pretending to be interested in making a purchase.
But in January, he and his three accomplices made off with dozens of dinosaur eggs without paying a dime. They later split up their plunder with Wang taking 27 eggs back to his home in Heilongjiang, China’s official Xinhua news agency reports.
Where apparently police caught on to him and forced him to turn himself in. The three other suspects were also rounded up by police. All four are currently in custody.
China is home to more fossils than anywhere else in the world, which means that it’s also home to the most instances of fossil theft. Back in 2015, a total of 213 stolen dinosaur eggs were found during a raid of a home in Guangdong province. Police also discovered a complete dinosaur skeleton which had looted from an excavation site.
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