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Man accused of lifting $25K dinosaur claw at Tucson gem show

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 18:45:08-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a fossilized dinosaur claw valued at $25,000 from an Arizona vendor last month and then trying to resell it.

Tucson police say the claw was stolen Jan. 30 from a vendor at the city's annual Gem and Mineral Show.

They say the suspect tried to sell the claw on Feb. 8 to another vendor, who recognized the item and alerted police.

The dinosaur claw is now in Colorado with its owner.

Police say the suspect faces a felony charge of trafficking stolen property.