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Prospect Park turtle snatchers caught packing reptiles into bags: Officials

Women in Prospect Park were caught putting turtles

Women in Prospect Park were caught putting turtles from the lake into plastic bags on May 3, 2017. Photo Credit: W.I.L.D. for Prospect Park via Facebook

A group of women were caught stealing more than 20 turtles from Prospect Park Lake and stashing them into plastic bags, according to officials and a photo posted by an advocacy group.

The women were spotted “luring turtles out of the water” on May 3, at about 1:30 p.m., the group, W.I.L.D. for Prospect Park, said.

There were a total of nine bags of turtles with about 27 of the reptiles packed in. All of the turtles, which were a variety of red eared sliders, painted turtles and box turtles, were returned safely back to the lake, the parks department said.

One of the women was detained and issued a summons and a $1,000 fine, the parks department said. Three other women got away.

It is illegal to kill or harm animals in parks.

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