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Southampton tortoise theft suspect is identified
10:20am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
THE net is closing in on a man who stole a vulnerable tortoise from a Southampton reptile centre.
The tortoise, called Star, was taken on Tuesday afternoon from his tank at the centre in Deacon Road, Bitterne, by a man who reached inside and put the animal in his pocket.
As reported by the Daily Echo, Star could die if he is not given special care.
The suspected thief appears to have been caught in the act on CCTV, having gone into the shop at about 5.30pm with a group of youths.
Now police have identified the person in the images, which were printed in the Daily Echo on Thursday, and say they are actively looking for him.
Last night a police spokesman said: “We know who he is and we would urge him to hand himself in and bring the tortoise too.”
Anyone with information should contact Luke O’Shea at Southampton Central’s Western Area Crime Desk on 101.