Children steal animals from Illinois Zoo

Children steal animals from Illinois Zoo

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CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA: Iguanas and turtles bask in the sun 22 March 2006 at La Aurora zoo, south of Guatemala City, in Guatemala. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 1:27 PM

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Two endangered turtles that were stolen from the Peoria Zoo have been found in a

Zoo officials say four children between the ages of 10 and 12 took the spotted turtles from an aquarium sometime on Sunday. The turtles were discovered missing on Monday, the same day the four children returned to the zoo and ran from workers who found them in restricted area. The children were caught with a rabbit. They told authorities where to find the turtles.
  

Zoo director Yvonne Strode says the zoo was thrilled to get the turtles back alive and healthy.  Strode says she can't remember a visitor trying to steal a zoo animal in more than 12 years.
 

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