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UPDATE: $500 reward for stolen turtle

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By: Dee DeQuattro
Email: ddequattro@abc6.com
Twitter: @deedequattro

A member of the Fall River Coalition for Animals has put up a $500 reward for the Fall River Library's missing turtle. 

The library's mascot, a turtle named Franklin, was stolen last month and now the coalition has announced a reward for anyone who has information about the turtle's exact whereabouts or the person responsible for taking him.

A coalition member says Franklin is easily identifiable with a yellow dot under his chin and two red marks on his chest, and that he was an important learning tool for children.

Fall River Police released this surveillance photo of a man they believe to be behind the theft of the beloved turtle.

The 13-year-old turtle was stolen last month. Police believe the suspect hid behind a stack of books until the library closed, then made away with the beloved reptile. 

The man is believed to white or hispanic with dark hair and at the time of the incident it was in a pony tail.

 The turtle is estimated to be worth $80.

Mayor Will Flanagan said he is disappointed that someone would steal the turtle that so many children look forward to visiting.

If you think you may have information related to this incident, please call the Fall River Coalition for Animals at 508-674-9074.

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