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Tortoises stolen during burglary

Lew and Lyn were stolen from a property in Colgate on Friday Credit: Sussex Police

An investigation's underway after two tortoises were stolen during a burglary in Colgate near Horsham.

It happened at a property in Forest Road between 7.15am and 5pm on Friday.

Laptops and jewellery were also stolen.

The two Mediterranean spur thighed tortoises were a male called Lew and a female called Lyn.

Lew is about 8" long and has a darker shell in part, while Lyn is about 7" long and has an overall lighter shell.

"Burglary is a callous crime that has a significant impact on the victim. This incident is even more traumatic for the victims as two much loved family pets have been stolen.

"Tortoises need specialist care; Lew and Lyn are unlikely to survive if they are not looked after properly. To legally own or sell a tortoise in the UK you have to have the correct certificate as they are an endangered species, if you do not have the relevant paperwork then you commit an offence.

"I would urge anyone, whether it is a member of public or pet shop/reptile centre, who has been offered a tortoise for sale in suspicious circumstances to get in contact with us.

"You can call Sussex Police directly or contact crime stoppers anonymously. We need your help in reuniting Lew and Lyn with their family."

– PC Ollie Pullen