A new low for thieves: Endangered tortoises

Thieves are always on the lookout for easy targets or something of high value, whether it's stealing jewels, snatching purses or robbing banks. But criminals in Singapore hit a new low recently when they stole endangered species.

Granted, the average person doesn't have 10 rare and expensive tortoises in their back yard, but the theft from a private museum on Saturday is a reminder of the value of keeping your valuables locked up and safe.

The tortoises at the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum in Singapore were valued at $49,730, according to a Reuters story.

Stolen were three endangered radiated tortoises, one of the rarest tortoises in the world, and seven Indian star tortoises.

The thieves must think they'll find a buyer on the black market, because trade in the radiated tortoises is illegal because they're endangered, and Indian star tortoises are banned as pets in Singapore.

It's bad enough that mankind is killing species by the minute and that climate change is making it more difficult for all species to survive. But to have criminals add to the poor plight of endangered animals is about as low as thievery can go.

Read Full Story

Can't get enough personal finance tips?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from consumer news to money tricks delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.