On Tuesday August 16th, an unsuspecting pet was stolen from Petland. It wasn't a cute and cuddly puppy either. It was a ball python snake. Luckily everything was caught on surveillance camera by the owner of the store.
"We have surveillance video showing everything from start to finish and we really want our snake back."
The surveillance video shows two men entering the store and proceeding to walk around. The one in the muscle shirt, we're told, is likely the look out for the other guy. The man who actually steals the snake surveys the area to make sure no one is watching before he strikes.
"Stealing is absolutely wrong and stealing a living thing is even worse. It's completely unacceptable and a violation not only of our store but also the animals."
Petland general manager Joe Carvalho says that theft is very minimal in his store because of surveillance cameras and attentive staff. He adds that pet theft has been on the rise in the past year, most likely due to the economy.
"We don't want to be known as a place where people come and get away with theft. We want people to understand we take this very seriously no matter what the dollar amount."
The stolen ball python costs eighty dollars. Petland management says they will give a one hundred dollar gift card as a reward for any information. In addition, Crimestoppers will give up to one thousand dollars as a reward as well. Carvalho even made a video of the suspects and put it on his Facebook page asking for help. He says he won't rest until the guy is found.
"At the end of the day, we have his images and will be relentless to make sure this person is brought to justice and our snake is back."