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70 snakes stolen in 'professional hit'

The break-in at Rugby Reptiles saw 40 royal pythons and 30 boa constrictors stolen.

By Ben Hooper

RUGBY, England, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Workers at a British pet store said thieves made off with 70 valuable snakes in a break-in dubbed "a professional hit."

Steve Mussard, a worker at Rugby Reptiles, said the thieves broke into the store Tuesday night and stole 40 royal pythons and 30 boa constrictors.

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Mussard said the snake rustlers also damaged security cameras and unplugged the CCTV system during the heist.

"The police have said this is a professional hit," Mussard told the Coventry Telegraph. "They have been stolen to order -- they knew what they were getting was valuable. They have left the corn snakes and the really big snakes and lizards that couldn't be carried anyway."

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