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Volunteers shaken up after dino museum raffle theft

Two Good Samaritans have helped the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum after some of their lottery funds were stolen Wednesday night. The museum says volunteers were selling tickets in the Grande Prairie Canadian Tire when their lock box was taken.

Police were called to the scene and are investigating the incident. The volunteers weren’t hurt, but are reportedly shaken up.

“Desperate people do desperate things,” says executive director Susan Hunter. “We’re just glad that everyone is safe.”

Thanks to an honest resident, the lock box has already been returned to the museum, although without the cash. Manager of Marketing and Communications Brandon Low says a resident was startled by the sound of it hitting their vehicle, and when they went to investigate, they realized it wasn’t just an act of vandalism.

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All lottery ticket sales are still valid and Low says measures have been taken to protect people who bought tickets at the site using their credit cards. The raffle will still be drawn at the A Night for the Museum event this weekend.

“The thief appears to have just been after the cash,” adds Hunter. “A caring anonymous donor has already stepped forward to cover the monies that were taken from us, and we are grateful to this Good Samaritan for their act of kindness.”

Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to contact Grande Prairie RCMP.

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