Snake stuffed into thief's pants returned to store

Stolen snake returned to pet shop

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A snake that was stolen from a Southeast Portland pet store on Friday has been returned.

Video showed a man walking into A to Z Pets, at 16010 SE Division St., with a woman at about 2 p.m. on Friday. He made his way to the back of the store, to the snake area, stuck his hands in the tank, and took out a black pastel ball python. He was seen on surveillance video stuffing the 2-foot python into his pants and walking out.

The snake was brought back to the store Wednesday in a bucket. The man who returned the snake said he bought the python from another man, but returned it to the store after seeing news coverage about the theft.

The snake is in good condition, according to store owner Richard Bjugan.

Police have not made any arrests in connection to the theft.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect from the surveillance photo is asked to contact Portland police.

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