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Stolen snake stashed in thief's pants returned to Portland pet store

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Snake that was stolen and then returned to A to Z Pets in southeast Portland. Snake that was stolen and then returned to A to Z Pets in southeast Portland.
Snake theft suspect caught on camera putting snake down his pants. Snake theft suspect caught on camera putting snake down his pants.
Snake theft suspect caught on camera at A to Z Pets in southeast Portland. Snake theft suspect caught on camera at A to Z Pets in southeast Portland.
Snake theft suspect and possible accomplice at A to Z Pets in southeast Portland. Snake theft suspect and possible accomplice at A to Z Pets in southeast Portland.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A snake that was stolen and stashed in the thief's pants has been returned to the Portland pet store that caught the whole crazy crime on camera.

The 2-foot-long python was discovered missing from A to Z Pets on the 16000 block of Southeast Division Street on Friday.

The owners reviewed surveillance footage and discovered why no staff members spotted anyone walking out of the store with the snake.

The thief had shoved the animal down his pants.

The story and surveillance video went viral, and the owners believe that's a big reason why they now have the snake back.

The owners told FOX 12 a man showed up at the store with a bucket and said, "Surprise, here's your snake."

The man said he had purchased the snake from another man. When he saw the news coverage of the theft, he decided to bring the snake back to the store.

Owner Richard Bjugan said he's not sure if he buys that story, but he's just happy so many people saw the coverage of the theft and tried to help.

"Facebook is incredible," Bjugan said. "We got so many calls and emails of people knowing people and it blew up pretty big. For some reason it was a big story."

Bjugan said the snake is in good condition and doesn't seem to have any health problems from the brazen theft.

Police have not made any arrests in connection to this case. The pet shop owners said the suspect caught on camera was with a blue-haired woman, who seemed to be in on the theft.  

If you recognize the suspect in the surveillance images, contact Portland police.

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