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Turtle Snatched from Mass. Public Library

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Fall River police are seeking the man seen on surveillance video snatching the city library’s pet turtle.

The 13-year-old turtle named Franklin was taken from the children’s room of the Fall River Public Library on Saturday night.

Police say the man hid in the library until closing time and was caught on camera stealing the pet.

The library said on its Facebook page that Franklin was the library’s “beloved turtle mascot” and staff are hoping for his safe return.

The turtle has been valued at approximately $80.

Police are urging residents to contact the station if they have any information on the whereabouts of the suspected turtle thief.

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  • That Guy 1

    Who does something like this? Seriously, you hid in the library until closing just to steal a turtle? A turtle you’ve stolen from children no less.

    • Nyrebel9

      I agree with you thatguy1!! What a low-life! I just hope the poor turtle doesn’t die from lack of care. I feel bad for the children also, especially young kids as they look forward and get attached to animals. I hope it is found soon and throw that pos in jail. I can’t understand it either, hiding out until closing time to steal a turtle, i’m sure there are more valuable things to steal-paintings, computers, money etc. Hopefully someone dared him to do it and franklin will be returned soon.

      • 32 MuddyPaws

        I could not agree with both of you more. I’m not usually at a loss for words but this is beyond the pale. Not just the stealing, but hiding in the closet to do so? If this is a prank, it is a sick one. If this is a dare, shame on you all. If this is just a crazy loon who has watched Rocky I too many times and needs a turtle to name Cuff or Link, I’ll make you this offer: return Franklin right now, safe, healthy and unharmed, to the closet vet and tell that vet where the turtle belongs and I’ll use my grocery money to buy you as many fracking turtles as you want including the terrarium and a book of how to care for them. Just bring this poor thing back where he belongs.

        • That Guy 1

          Right on! You can’t beat that offer with a sack of hammers.

          • 32 MuddyPaws

            You keep that sack of hammers at the ready. I may be needing them.

  • mother person

    Just curious is that a turtle or tortoise? Their care is vastly different, I know my daughter and I have two tortoise.

  • 32 MuddyPaws

    Any update on Franklin this morning?