Tortoise stolen from Sunderland home
Police have appealed for help in reuniting Benji the tortoise with his devastated owner.
The 52-year-old pet had been in hibernation for the winter in a hutch at home in Mount Road, High Barnes, since October .
His owner went to check on his hutch on Sunday, April 3, only to find he had been stolen
Benji's owner has had him since he was a msall child and the reptile holds a great deal of sentimental value for him and his family.
Officers are carrying out enquiries and are asking for anyone who knows where the tortoise is, or any witnesses to the theft, to come forward. He could have been stolen at any time during his hibernation.
PC Lucy Harrison said: "Benji holds a great deal of sentimental value for the owner and his family and they are desparate to be reunited with him. If anyone has information that can help us return Benji to them, or any information about the theft, I would urge them to please get in contact with us."
If anyone has any information they should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1079 110416 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.