The Alhambra police department says a local family has claimed the 150-pound reptile named Clark, a day after it was spotted strolling on the street.
It took two officers to heft the creature into a patrol car so they could turn it over to animal control authorities.
The department posted photos of Clark on its Facebook page in the hope of finding the owner and cracked a "Tortoise and Hare" joke about officers capturing the reptile after a brief pursuit.
There was no word on how far the tortoise had gone from home when it was caught.
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