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Two Turtles Taken From Tourist Attraction Returned

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"Zippy" and "Florida" were returned to Flamingo Gardens on Friday, May 11, 2012. (Source: Flamingo Gardens)

“Zippy” and “Florida” were returned to Flamingo Gardens on Friday, May 11, 2012. (Source: Flamingo Gardens)

South Florida Crime

DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Two box turtles, stolen from a South Florida tourist attraction, have been returned but police still don’t know who took them.

According to Flamingo Gardens in Davie, an anonymous caller phoned the park Friday morning to report the missing turtles were in a blue pillowcase in the overflow parking lot underneath a sign. Both turtles were recovered and appear to be in good condition, according to Flamingo Gardens spokeswoman Laura Wyatt.

The turtles went missing after an incident on May 5th when two teenage boys were spotted picking up the turtles and cursing at other visitors. The two boys were removed from the park but as they left, they threatened to come back and harm the animals.

That night, “Zippy” an orange and brown colored Eastern box turtle with a cracked belly and “Florida”, a Florida box turtle both disappeared.

Police said the suspect or suspects likely climbed the chain-link fence to enter the property.

It’s not known if the two teens involved in the disturbance were involved in the theft.

At least now, the turtles have been returned safe and sound.

 

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