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Snake stuffed down thief's pants returned to Oregon pet store

By Ben Hooper
Snake stuffed down thief's pants returned to Oregon pet store
A thief at a Portland, Ore., pet store shoves a python into his pants. Screenshot: Star-Telegram

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The owner of an Oregon pet store said a stolen python was returned five days after a security camera recorded a man shoving the snake into his pants.

Richard Bjugan, owner of A to Z Pets in Portland, said the man walked into the store with a woman Friday and a security camera recorded him taking a $200 python out of a tank about 2 p.m. and shoving it into his pants before leaving the store.

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Bjugan said another man returned the snake to the store Wednesday, saying he had purchased the 2-foot long snake from another man, but realized it was stolen when he saw news coverage of the theft.

Bjugan said the snake appears to be in good health.

Portland Police said they are still trying to identify the man from the security camera footage.

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