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Expensive exotic lizards found one year after California theft

Expensive exotic lizards found one year after California theft
Two Australian lace monitor lizards stolen from JTK Reptiles in Long Beach, Calif., were recovered by police nearly a year later. Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department

Oct. 20 (UPI) -- California police said they have recovered a pair of pricey exotic lizards about a year after they were stolen from a reptile store.

The Long Beach Police Department said the two Australian lace monitors, which are together worth more than $75,000, were recovered by detectives and determined to be the lizards stolen in November 2019 from JTK Reptiles in Long Beach.

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Police said the lizards were found at a home in Panorama City. Two people were arrested in connection with the investigation.

Investigators said the lizards appeared to be healthy and uninjured and will be returned to JTK Reptiles.

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