Portland Thief Picks An Unusual Hiding Place For Stolen Snake

The police are on the hunt for a Portland thief whose daring snake heist took a turn for the weird.

A pet store surveillance camera caught footage of a man who stole a $200 python and walked out unnoticed in Portland, Oregon, last week.

A to Z Pets manager, Chris Bjugan, viewed the security camera recordings after an employee informed her that a 2-foot long black pastel ball python was missing. The video showed the culprit dragging the snake out of its container and shoving it down his pants. He then proceeded to walk nonchalantly around the store for a bit to avoid suspicion and after a while, slipped out of the door.

“He’s lucky it wasn’t feeding day,” said the owner. “Feeding days are on Mondays. And they’re very hungry.”

Pythons suffocate their prey by squeezing them — so pants are not the best place to keep them, suffice to say.

The store manager also added that she recalled seeing the man before but this time he had a blue-haired woman accompany him. The costly snake was stolen on Jan. 8, and now the hunt is on for the python thief.

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