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VIDEO: Thief steals python by shoving it in pants

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Surveillance video at a pet store in Portland, OR caught a thief stealing a python right out of the cage by shoving the snake in his pants and then casually walking out of the store. What would possess someone to do this? The only explanation we have been able to come up with is that he wants to use the video in his audition reel  for Fear Factor...? Or maybe he will use it for vengeance against an ex...? Either way, we wish him the best of luck... especially since the cops are actively looking for him. 

On Friday, January 8th, an employee at A to Z Pets noticed the snake was missing from its cage. After checking to make sure the cage was secure to rule out the chance of an escape, they checked surveillance footage. As you can see in the video, the footage catches the thief in the act as he chose to conveniently stand almost directly under a camera.

Pet shop owner Christin Bjugan is now working with police to track down the thief and the rare black pastel ball python. Tips have come in from people who recognized the thief in the surveillance video. Authorities say they now know who the man is, where he lives and works, and it has also been confirmed that he does have the snake in his home. The suspect is also a known drug user so he may be planning to sell the snake for drug money. 

Bjugan says the snake was priced at $200 in her store but other pet stores charge up to $400 for the same type of snake. She also said the black pastel python is not an aggressive snake, they are actually known for being gentle and therefore usually make good pets. 

We're just glad the snake was stolen because as they like to say, "better to have a snake in a man's pants than a snake on the loose..." or something like that.  

All jokes aside though, Bjugan says she's just hoping to get the snake back alive and well. 

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