Thieves steal four giant tortoises worth £6,000 from a college

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FOUR giant tortoises worth £6,000 have been stolen from a college.

Thieves grabbed them from a shed and used wheelbarrows they found nearby to carry them to their getaway vehicle.

Four giant tortoises worth £6,000 were stolen from Kingston Maurward agricultural college in Dorset
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Four giant tortoises worth £6,000 were stolen from Kingston Maurward agricultural college in Dorset[/caption]

The micro-chipped sulcata tortoises, which can live up to 150, are around 20in long.

Three are 11-year-old females, named after Pokemon characters Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise.

The other is a 24-year-old male, Jeffrey.

They were taken from Kingston Maurward agricultural college, near Dorchester, Dorset, on Thursday night.

The micro-chipped sulcata tortoises, which can live up to 150, are around 20in long
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The micro-chipped sulcata tortoises, which can live up to 150, are around 20in long[/caption]

Investigating police officer Chris Stephens said: 'We are desperate to reunite them with the college to ensure they are appropriately cared for'
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PC Chris Stephens, investigating, said: ‘We are desperate to reunite them with the college to ensure they are appropriately cared for’[/caption]


PC Chris Stephens, who is investigating, said: “Anyone with information, or who has seen tortoises for sale in suspicious circumstances, please contact Dorset Police urgently.

“We are desperate to reunite them with the college to ensure they are appropriately cared for.”