"He is Our Baby": La Verne Family Seeks Public's Help Finding 130-Pound Tortoise Worth Over $1,000 - NBC Southern California

"He is Our Baby": La Verne Family Seeks Public's Help Finding 130-Pound Tortoise Worth Over $1,000

Diesel was stolen from a backyard in La Verne

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    130-Pound Tortoise Stolen From La Verne Backyard

    A La Verne family seeks the public's help in finding a 130-pound tortoise worth $1,000 that was taken from their backyard. (Published Monday, Oct. 20, 2014)

    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.