Thief steals 100-year-old tortoise from Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens

By : Myles Miller

BAYSIDE, Queens(WPIX)—In a slick shell game, a quick moving thief made off with a 100-year-old tortoise at Alley Pond Environmental Center, police sources said.

The ​"rare" tortoise w​as​ discovered missing from ​its enclosure​​​ around 4:15 p.m, by the center's head of operations, sources said.

The​ fenced in enclosure appeared to be forced open and detectives were searching for surveillance video, sources said.

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Henry, an African spurred tortoise, walks in the grass of Central Park as his walker Amalia McCallister sits in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The arm of Henry, an African spurred tortoise, hangs out of his stroller on 110th street as a child looks on in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, peeks out of his stroller on 110th street in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, walks in Central Park in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A woman takes a photo of Henry, an African spurred tortoise, as he looks out of his stroller on 110th street in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, walks in the grass of Central Park in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, walks in the grass of Central Park as his walker Amalia McCallister watches in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, walks in the grass of Central Park as his walker Amalia McCallister sits in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, sits in the grass of Central Park as his owner Amanda Green looks on in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, an African spurred tortoise, walks in the grass of Central Park as his walker Amalia McCallister sits in New York, U.S., May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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