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Five Texas residents have been charged with illegally taking dinosaur bones from Utah trust lands and taking them home.

LOA, Wayne County — Five Texans have been charged with illegally taking dinosaur bones from Utah trust lands and taking them home.

On Wednesday, the five were charged in 6th District Court with theft, a third-degree felony; two counts of trespassing on trust lands, a class B misdemeanor; and theft, a class-B misdemeanor.

On May 23, 2015, three of the five went to the School and Institutional Trust Lands without permission, according to charging documents.

"While there, they removed dinosaur bones. The bones and the surrounding area were damaged by digging, hammering, and prying during the removal. The dinosaur bones were taken from Utah to Texas by the defendants," the charges state.

The items taken are described as "fragmentary dinosaur fossils," and were worth less than $500, according to investigators.

The next day, four of the defendants again entered the School and Institutional Trust Lands and again took dinosaur bones, including a "dinosaur limb bone," worth approximately $2,500, the charges state.

The charges were filed against Philip Bukowski, 53, of Crawford, Texas; Paige Bukowski, 23, of College Station, Texas; Collin Kubacak, 23, of Elm Mott, Texas; Travis York, 25, of Waco, Texas; and Crystal Webster, 36, of Georgetown, Texas.

— Pat Reavy