Nichole Hannahs

Thieves Nab Giant Turtle

by Nichole Hannahs on July 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

There’s a turtlenapper in South Zanesville and a family fears it may now be turtle soup.

Barb Lloyd and her husband have heard all the jokes about their missing fiberglass turtle but what’s important to them is getting their turtle named Myrtle back.

"When he first brought it home I thought, Oh gosh what’s he going to do with this? But, it was cute and it made us laugh," said Turtle Owner Barb Lloyd.

Lloyd’s husband Jack bought the six foot across, eight foot long and four foot tall turtle at a yard sale. The Lloyd’s said they’d been having a tough time after losing one son in Iraq and having another injured while serving in the army. The turtle brought them joy which they shared by placing Myrtle the turtle in the front yard of their South Pembroke home.

"We had several people that wanted to buy it, but most of them just smiled when they went by or beeped their horn," said Lloyd. "The neighborhood kids would ask if they could sit on our turtle."

The smiles ended when the turtle went missing in the early morning hours of July 8th. The thieves pulled into an alley behind the home and nabbed Myrtle. The family said they didn’t hear anything. Lloyd fears the turtle may have been sold at a pottery event and taken out of state. A reward is in place if Myrtle is returned.

"It’s kind of like your invaded," said Lloyd. "Someone stole something that just brought pleasure to people around. It just hurts. We just want it back."

If anyone has any information on Myrtle they’re asked to call the South Zanesville Police Department or the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office.

A Facebook page has been set up to help find Myrtle. The page is called "Bring Back Myrtle."