Is That a Turtle in Your Pants?

Man caught on tape stuffing $600 turtle in his pants

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    A turtle, not of the snapping variety, has been stolen from a Houston-area pet store by a man who shoved the reptile into his pants pocket, a pet store owner said.

    The theft of the $600 Indian star tortoise, about the size of a tennis ball, from Pet City in Spring was captured on security video.

    Pet City owner Sherry Stack told KHOU-TV that she has been in business 20 years and "never had a customer shove a turtle in his pants."

    The young man, wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a baseball-style cap, was seen on store video Wednesday prying open a cabinet, then slipping the turtle into his left pocket.

    The thief drove away in a white pickup.

    "We just want our tortoise home," Stack said.