Florida Man Arrested For Stealing 8 Pythons, 2 Boas and 2 Bearded Dragons

June 26, 2014

One of two men who were captured on video stealing reptiles from a Casselberry, Fla. pet store has been apprehended by police and arrested for burglary.

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According to WKMG Local 6, Juan Moreno-Hernandez and another suspect, Jerry Avila broke into the Pet Bazaar through a side window before midnight June 21. They spent about 15 minutes in the store before leaving with a bin of snakes and two bearded dragons, a 46 inch flat screen TV and a laptop computer.


Kenyan sand boa


Kenyan sand boa.

Moreno-Hernandez was arrested June 25 and is being held on $1,150 bond. Avila has not yet been found, nor have the police located the reptiles that were allegedly stolen.

The reptiles that the burglars were alleged to have stolen include two bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps), a green ghost ball python (Python regius), a motley boa constrictor (Boa constrictor), two spider ball pythons, three striped Kenyan sand boas (Eryx colubrinus), a baby hypo Columbian Boa (Boa constrictor imperator ssp), a red blood python (P. brongersmai) and a lesser ball python.

John B. Virata currently 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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