NY Woman Steals Ball Python From Petco, Crashes into Firehouse During Getaway

August 5, 2014

This woman obviously doesn't subscribe to the notion that crime doesn’t pay. A ball python costs, what $40 at Petco? Why would this woman steal one? Now she is paying more for her acts.

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The woman, identified by police as 22-year-old Sara Espinosa, allegedly stole a ball python (Python regius) from a Long Island, NY Petco, lost control of her Toyota Prius as she was trying to get away and crashed into a fire station. The reason she crashed, police told WABC New York, was because the ball python was wrapped around her neck.


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An Albany NY woman is accused of stealing a ball python from a Long Island Petco. She then crashed into a firehouse.

According to police, the car clipped a Nissan Maxima and crashed into two fire trucks. Fire fighters were of course on the scene and gave aid to the woman when they discovered the small ball python wrapped around her neck. They then removed the snake and secured it.

When police arrived, they determined that the woman was the same woman who is accused of stealing the snake at a Petco prior to losing control of her car, according to WABC.

The woman was treated at a local hospital and released. She was charged with reckless endangerment, petty larceny, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana. The ball python, uninjured, was returned to Petco.

John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

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