Exotic Pet Thieves Busted

November 13, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 499 comments
Tags: theft, exotic, snake, tortoise, fennec fox, wallabie, hedgehog, toucan, reptiles, other pets

MICHIGAN – Three suspects were taken into custody after police found 69 stolen exotic animals in their homes.

Livonia Michigan police believe the three, a married couple from Flint and another man from Mundy, top, were stealing animals from local shops and zoos, and selling them on the internet.

They kept the animals in a home and an apartment – authorities say the facilities were not adequately setup for that many animals – but they seemed to be well cared for.

Included in the animals taken were snakes, tortoises, fennec foxes, wallabies a hedgehog, six toucans valued at $30k each and more.

One pet store owner says she lost just under $50,000 in animals to the thieves.

The three are being held on felony breaking and entering and stolen property charges – for which they could receive up to 10 years for each count.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

It never ceases to amaze and anger me that there are so many creeps that make their way in the world stealing from others.

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

Wonder what happened to them. Again another article that wasn't followed up on.

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