Three of four stolen reptiles recovered

April 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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FRESNO, Calif., April 1 (UPI) -- Police in California said they have recovered three of the four reptiles stolen from the Discovery Center in Fresno.

Sgt. Mike Palomino of the Fresno police said suspect Devin Michael Madej, 20, was identified and arrested after officers received tips from children, The Fresno Bee reported Monday.

Police said Zu Zu, a savannah monitor lizard stolen in last week's break-in, was found near the center Thursday and Chief, a red-tailed boa constrictor, was recovered from Madej's home at the time of his Friday arrest.

The suspect was able to direct police to Kaa, a ball python, which was found in the same area as Zu Zu.

Police said they are hoping to find Naala, another ball python, in the coming days.

"We're three for four," Palomino said. "A major league baseball player wishes he had a day like that."

Madej is accused of breaking into the Discovery Center and taking the reptiles along with children's toys, the phone system and a security monitor.

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