A triceratops on the loose in Coquitlam is back safely in the possession of its owner.
RCMP were asking the public to be on the lookout for a life-sized triceratops movie prop that was stolen during broad daylight from a home in the 200 block of Marmont Street Tuesday.
But late Wednesday evening, police received an anonymous tip that the prop was a few blocks away at an abandoned home.
Sure enough it was, and the dinosaur and owner were reunited.
The triceratops was reportedly unharmed, but just a little dirty.
RCMP Const. Jamie Phillipson said there are no suspects, adding the case is closed. But he did credit the oddity of the story and social media for helping find the stolen prop quickly.
"At the end of the day that's definitely what assisted in garnering a lot of attention and that's why we had a quick recovery on our end," Phillipson said.
Coquitlam RCMP sent out this tweet Thursday morning: #DinoCrime update: the Triceratops has been found. Safe & sound (but a bit dirty). Thanks to "anonymous" for the tip. #CaseClosed."
The prop was chained to a trailer and platform on wheels in front of the home at the time it was stolen, some time between 2 and 5 p.m. Police are not sure why anyone would take the prop, adding investigators are hoping the theft was a prank gone wrong.
Though a call about a stolen giant dinosaur might sound amusing, the prop, which had been more recently used for promotions, was worth several thousand dollars, so police took the theft seriously.
Phillipson noted the owner has learned from the incident and won't be keeping the prop as open to the public.
Submitted Photo / This life-size replica of a triceratops was stolen from a yard on Marmont Street Tuesday, even though it was chained to a trailer and platform on wheels in front of the home. It was found a few blocks away.;
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