Man steals $30K worth of snakes

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Why did it have to be snakes?

Police in Gastonia say someone has stolen three dozen snakes from a reptile store.

Police say someone broke the glass on the front door of Reptile Passions and took the snakes early Sunday.

Owner Jonathan McMillan says motion-activated surveillance cameras caught the suspect, who at one point said into a cellphone that the store had pythons. Most of the stolen snakes were albino pythons and ball pythons. One of the snakes was valued at $12,000. The total loss is estimated at $30,000.

McMillan said the thief knew exactly where to go to grab the snakes and toss them all in one bag.

Another dealer said it’s likely the thief will try to sell the snakes on the Internet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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