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Thief steals Daventry tortoises in trouser pockets

Baby tortoise and CCTV of suspected thief Image copyright Jackie Hunt
Image caption The thief put two baby tortoises - like this one - in his trouser pockets

Two tortoises were stolen from a Northamptonshire pet store by a man who stuffed the reptiles down his trousers.

The animals were pinched from Bruno's near Daventry late last month, police said.

Store manager Jackie Hunt told the Northampton Chronicle the thief removed the tortoises from a locked vivarium then put them in his pockets.

Police confirmed the thief "concealed" his booty "in his trousers" and appealed for witnesses.

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"We saw the CCTV later and it clearly showed the man bending down and breaking the lock, before taking out the tortoises," Mrs Hunt told the BBC.

"He was wearing jogging bottoms and he put one in each pocket."

Image copyright Jackie Hunt
Image caption These two tortoises are from the same clutch as the pair that were stolen

The micro-chipped tortoises, worth about £150 each and about 7.5cm (3in) in length, are too young to survive without correct UVB lighting and heat.

Their micro-chips are registered on the tortoises' licences, which are still held by the pet shop, meaning they cannot legally be owned in this country.

The theft happened at the shop in Whilton Locks Garden Village at about 16:00 on 25 April.

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