Raptor robbers have decapitated three dinosaurs seeking refuge in Canberra and done a runner with their heads.
Offenders armed with angle grinders or hacksaws broke into the National Dinosaur Museum on Saturday night to banish the prehistoric creatures into extinction again.
The bandits scaled a 1.2m fence at about 11pm on Saturday before hacking into the hapless carnivores in an outdoor display.
Security footage of the smash-and-grab suggests the thieves fled the scene in a dual cab utility vehicle.
Police are keen to retrieve the statue dinosaur heads and track down the trophy hunters.
“They probably think it’s some sort of prank and funny but it’s actually criminal damage,” sergeant Rod Anderson said in Canberra last evening.
“They’ve ruined a really good display for people to go and visit particularly kids and it’s just a stupid act.”
Anyone who spotted suspicious activity near the museum on the night of the heist or knows somebody with unusual additions to their taxidermy collections was urged to contact police.
“We’re expecting that there’s perpetrators – because they’re obviously not very smart – will tell people about it,” Anderson said.
“We want people to come forward and give us information leading to identifying who these idiots are.”