Serpentarium offers reward, won’t press charges if tortoises returned

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Submitted: Tue, 07/19/2011 - 5:52pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They’re not exactly the most inconspicuous of animals, but someone has stolen two large tortoises from a Wilmington reptile exhibit.

Dean Ripa, owner of the Cape Fear Serpentarium, says someone stole his prized tortoises from the front of his business downtown more than two weeks ago.

The Serpentarium is not only putting up a reward for information that can help bring back the tortoises, but Ripa says if the reptiles are safely returned he will not press any charges.

“We do want to get them back, and if you’re out there and you’re watching this and you’re the ones who took them, bring them back. I won’t press charges. Just bring them back. Put them right where you got them, and we’ll forget the whole thing,” Ripa said.

Anyone with information can call Wilmington Police or the Cape Fear Serpentarium.


  • Star says:

    Jim… where in the article did you read that they were just reporting it now??? I did not see anything stating that they had just NOW noticed it… all the article says is that they are putting up a reward for tortoises that were stolen two weeks ago…

  • erv says:

    Re-read the article. It doesn’t imply that it took two weeks to notice the missing tortoises, just that they were taken two weeks ago.

  • Jim says:

    If two tortoises takes two weeks to miss. How many other serpents are missing?

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