Unusual Heist Unfolds: Cash and Exotic Reptile Swiped from Lemay Pet Store
Breaking Dawn: Pet Store Robbery in St. Louis County
The quiet early morning in Lemay, Missouri was shattered when a thief decided to pay an unwanted visit to a local pet store.
The owner of the Exotic Amphibian Reptile Center reported an unexpected break-in at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The intruder was caught on camera stealing a significant amount of cash along with an unusual loot—an exotic animal.
Details of the Heist: Argentine Black and White Tegu and Cash Stolen
James Brumley, the owner of the Exotic Amphibian Reptile Center, detailed the incident, explaining that the thief broke through the back door of the shop.
They swiftly made away with a large Argentine black and white tegu, a substantial cage, emptied out the cash register, and even took the tip jar designated for employees.
Collaboration with Law Enforcement: Surveillance Video Turned Over to Police
Brumley has been collaborating with the St. Louis County Police Department, providing them with surveillance video footage of the burglary to aid in their investigation. The intruder, according to Brumley, was armed with what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol with a large clip.
Pet Theft: A Felony in Missouri
Signs within the pet shop, located on the 300 block of Lemay Ferry Road, highlight the legal repercussions of animal theft, which is considered a felony in Missouri. The missing lizard is valued at over $300, similar to the size of the stolen tegu.
Impact on Business and Appeal for Public’s Help
“They’re similar to a monitor lizard and get about four feet or so. They usually have a good disposition and are a popular hobby,” added Brumley.
The ongoing increase in shoplifting and theft is a concern for businesses, potentially leading to closures or relocations, an outcome Brumley hopes to avoid.
He urged anyone with information to contact the St. Louis County Police Department to help retrieve the missing lizard and bring the perpetrator to justice.
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