Florida man held at gunpoint over price of turtles in robbery, Ocala police say

Published On: Aug 05 2013 02:38:41 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 05 2013 02:50:04 PM EDT
pet turtle in child's hand
OCALA, Fla. -

Ocala police are searching for the man who stole at 20 turtles at gunpoint from another man selling them in a parking lot, along with $500.

Police said the 41-year-old Citra man was selling yellow belly baby turtles with his 11-month-old son in a K-Mart parking lot in the 3700 block of East Silver Springs Boulevard when two men walked up at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and asked for the price of one of turtles.

The seller told the men the price was $10 per turtle and the men became agitated, calling it a "rip-off," police said. One of the men pulled out a gun on the victim, who was holding his son, and took 20 turtles and $500 in cash.

The men then drove off in a newer model black Dodge Charger, but the victim said he couldn't get a good look at the robbers because he was shielding his son, according to police.

No injuries were reported.

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