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Police Looking for Several Reptiles Stolen from Springfield Pet Store


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police are looking for the suspect or suspects that may have broken into a Springfield pet store and stole several items, including several reptiles.

Just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, someone broke into the Dave’s Soda and Pet Food City on Carew Street by breaking and hopping in through a smashed side window.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that two laptop computers and several aquarium filters were taken.

Also taken in the heist were several reptiles, including:

  • One Pastel Boa Constrictor
  • Two Leopard Gecko (one being a female)
  • One Carpet Python
  • One Kenyan Sand Boa
  • One Corn Snake
  • One Albino Corn

“They had to know what they were doing,” said Dave Ratner, owner Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City.

Ratner is not surprised by the robbery because he says there is a huge market for the popular pets. He is worried the reptiles may not survive.

“It’s for sure not fair for the animals. You know from the purely human side you would hope that whoever took them understood they are not gonna last,” said Ratner.

Reptiles are cold blooded and are at risk during the winter months. Ratner says they need to be wrapped up and heated right away to prevent them from freezing and dying.

If anyone has information on the theft, or may know if someone is selling the reptiles on the black market, you are urged to call the Springfield Police Department Detective Bureau at (413) 787-6355 or you can ‘Text-A-Tip.’ Send it to CRIMES (274637) and in the message, type SOLVE and your tip.

Cases showing where the reptiles once resided.

Cases showing where the reptiles once resided.

Picture of another corn snake at Dave's

Picture of another corn snake at Dave’s

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