Police in Si Racha district of Chon Buri claimed they have some clues about the theft of several rare tortoise from Bang Phra’s water fowls breeding station three months ago.
Pol Lt-Col Pobpol Chakkapark, superintendent of Si Racha district police, said police had investigated the theft case for about three months and had obtained some crucial information which could lead to the perpetrators.
Six Angonoka tortoise from Madagascar which are very rare species and 72 Radiated tortoises worth a total of about three million baht which were seized from illegal wildlife traders went missing without traces from the breeding station on April 11.
The theft prompted the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation to remove the station’s chief, Mr Songkote Puthong, and to order an disciplinary investigation against him.
Angonoka tortoise has been listed in Cites’s endangered species at risk of becoming extinct. There are about 400 of them still in the wild.