The mystery of who took a pet turtle from Hilliard Darby High School might be solved, but the turtle itself still is missing, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.

Correction: Because of a reporter's error, the first published version of this story erroneously said the stolen Hilliard Darby High School classroom pet turtle had been recovered.

The mystery of who took a pet turtle from Hilliard Darby High School might be solved, but the turtle itself still is missing, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.

Hilliard officers said Wednesday, Feb. 12, they believe they know who took Mr. Turtle, a 40-year-old box turtle who has been a classroom pet of a Darby teacher for two decades, after they reviewed video-camera footage from Jan. 30, the day the turtle went missing.

Police have charged the 37-year-old Mechanicsburg woman, who was working as a substitute teacher in the classroom, with petty theft.

However, as of Feb. 12, the turtle has not been recovered, said Andrea Litchfield, a police spokeswoman.

The turtle was reported missing to Darby assistant principals at 3 p.m. Jan. 30, according to Jon Gleason, the school-resource officer at Darby.

Officers reviewed video-camera footage between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Jan. 30 in the classroom in which the turtle was kept.

The woman can be seen “walking to the turtle’s tank and making a movement indicative of a person reaching up and into the tank,” according to a police affidavit.

The video shows the woman approaching with an empty bag and, afterward, supporting the bottom of the bag, according to the affidavit.

The woman left the classroom with the bag, according to the affidavit.

A student reported seeing the turtle in the tank at 2:10 p.m. when class ended for the day, according to the affidavit.

The woman was issued a summons for petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and ordered to appear in Hilliard’s Mayor’s Court on Feb. 26.

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