Thieves stole a healthy 130-pound tortoise worth over $1,000 from a La Verne home, police said.
A devastated family asked for the public’s help in bringing their beloved pet home.
"He is our baby," said Janice Rich, the tortoise’s owner.
The pet-nappers broke into the Rich’s wooden gate around 8 p.m. Oct. 7. They snatched "Diesel," a Desert Sulcata Tortoise, directly from the family’s backyard.
"A police report has been filed by me and a detective assigned," Rich said. "But they are not doing anything to help find him."
"Police call this grand theft, due to Diesel’s worth," Rich said.