Snake snatcher stuffs python down pants

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 16:56:01-05

Police in Portland, Oregon are looking for a man who walked into A to Z Pets Friday afternoon and stole a snake by stuffing it down his pants.

The man, wearing a ball cap pulled low, walked into the store about 2:00 pm, made his way to the back of the store to the snake area, stuck his hand in the tank, and took out a black pastel ball python. He can be seen on surveillance video stuffing the python into his pants, and walks out.

Store co-owner and manager Christin Bjugan says the snake is about two feet long, and was being sold for $200. She says this type of snake isn't aggressive, but on that day, the man got lucky.

"It was close to feeding day. The snakes are very hungry, I know when I go back there on a Saturday or Sunday even, the snakes are up against the glass looking for food. They are ready to eat. By Saturday. So he made it in the nick of time," she said. "They like dark warm places so he was probably very comfortable where he was at."

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