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Man steals snake from Portland pet store by sticking it down his pants

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A snake was swiped from a southeast Portland pet store, and it is how the thief managed to sneak it out of the store that is drawing attention.

Fox 12 spoke with the store’s manager about the bizarre surveillance footage that shows a man stuffing the stolen snake down his pants, and walking away.

From birds, to lizards, and everything in between, Christin Bjugan takes care of them all at A to Z Pets on southeast division street.

It came as a shock to her when someone swiped one of her rarest reptiles, a $200 black pastel ball python.

After getting the call Friday that the snake was gone, Christin spent Saturday reviewing surveillance footage and found the thief on film.

She was even more surprised to see the thief put the snake down his pants, and ‘waddled’ away.

Christin says she’s seen the man in her shop before, but this time he was with a blue-haired woman, who seemed to be in on the theft.

Now, the search is on to find the thief and 2-foot python.

"Anytime anything like this happens, it's very frustrating. We work very hard to make a living and run the business,” said Bjugan.

Bjugan told Fox 12 that if and when police find the suspect, she would like to press charges.

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