- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - An ancient shark tooth has been stolen from a display case at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.

Multiple media outlets report museum manager and curator Mary Strickland said surveillance video showed the women walking around the museum for about an hour and checking out exhibits and showing particular interest in the shark tooth.

Strickland said one of the women went back to the shark tooth under a glass dome, took it and put it in her pants. She then met up with the other woman and left.

Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said the theft happened around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Strickland said the tooth is about 7 inches long and 5½ inches wide. She said it belonged to a megalodon, an ancient shark the size of a school bus.

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