"He loves it," she said. "You could almost see him smile."
Pete Todd said the turtle would often be outside when neither he nor his wife were home.
"On private property, you don't expect something like that," he said about the alleged theft.
Slider turtles are typically found in water and normally live to be 30 or 40, according to Kevin Barrett, reptile and amphibian collection and conservation manager for the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
It's difficult to define the slider turtle's native habitat, he said, because many kept as pets have been released or escaped. They were inexpensive and commonly sold as pets, he said. As a result, they have established themselves around the world as an invasive species.
It's important for the turtles to get sunlight, as they are cold-blooded and don't generate their own body heat, Barrett said.
With assistance from a local office supply store, Gloria Todd created fliers and distributed them throughout the community and to police.
"They didn't seem too interested," she said about the initial reaction from police. "They report bicycles and lawn mowers and this turtle is much more important to me than a bicycle or a lawn mower."
She heard from police Sept. 27. They are considering Moses as stolen property, she said.
In more than 20 years of law enforcement, this is the first time Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter has seen a report for a missing turtle, whose picture is posted at the precinct station, Wachter said in a Friday email.