Petco Reports a Bizarre Theft

Cops say 2 people ran off with a python
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 25, 2020 12:41 PM CST
Cops on the Lookout for 2 Snake Shoplifters
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Police in Peabody, Massachusetts, are looking for a couple who slithered away with a snake worth $300 from a city pet store, per the AP. The couple entered the Petco store around 4:30pm Monday, police tell the Salem News. The man asked an employee if he could play with the albino cinnamon ball python. When the employee said that is against store policy, the man offered to buy it, Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto said.

The employee put the snake in a box and brought it to the register area. When the employee put it on the counter, the man grabbed the box, and he and the woman ran from the store and sped away in a car, Bonaiuto said. The car was last seen heading toward Danvers, Massachusetts. “We are aware of and shaken by the theft of a pet snake from our Petco store in Peabody,” a spokeswoman for the retailer said in an email.

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