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Two-Headed Turtle Returned

May 9, 1987

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A two-headed turtle named Kelly has been found safe at the end of a trail of forged credit slips, police say.

The rare Red Eared Slider turtle worth $1,500 was back in a pet shop Friday after being rescued by police from the roof of a house in Philadelphia.

″She’s back, or they’re back, whichever way you want to put it,″ said Bob Weintraub, a partner at Martin’s Aquarium in this Philadelphia suburb.

Police said they found Kelly after charging a couple who lived in the house with trying to pass forged credit slips at Martin’s Cherry Hill, N.J., store.

Police charged Donald and Patricia Criniti with theft by deception and possession of stolen property for turning in $600 worth of Martin’s credit slips during the past week, authorities said.

The Crinitis were freed on bail, Cherry Hill police officer Ernest Danks said.

Mark Tapper, manager at the Cherry Hill store, said he learned Thursday that credit slips were being forged when he found two slips with sequential serial numbers.

He left a note for other employees to be on the lookout for a woman using credit slips with the name of Smith.

When a woman using that name came into the store Thursday evening trying to pass a credit slip for $85, a cashier called an assistant manager, who, in turn, called police, Tapper said.

Police arrested Mrs. Criniti and her husband, who was waiting outside the store, Danks said.

Weintraub said a $500 reward would be split between Tapper, Assistant Manager Joy Percy and the police officers who found the turtle. But Danks said officers are not allowed to accept reward money.

Kelly was returned Friday morning to her spot in a tank at the center of Martin’s Aquarium, which sells exotic animals, Weintraub said.

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