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09-17-2016, 08:01 PM #1
Cops hunt down stolen snake
An alleged thief is in custody after police put the squeeze on the case of a stolen boa constrictor.
And the Oshawa couple who own the 1.7-metre long snake, Little Girl, is grateful Durham Regional Police investigators rescued their pet.
“We’re relieved she’s back home and she’s OK,” Alyson Smith, 29, said Friday. “But unfortunately we still have to find a new home of her.”
She and common-law husband, Shawn Leitch, 32, are new parents and had been trying to sell the boa through an online ad when it was stolen last weekend.
A man responded to the couple’s ****** posting and agreed to purchase the snake for $350, Smith said.
She said the alleged buyer pulled up to their home in a pick-up truck driven by a woman last Sunday night. Leitch helped him load Little Girl and the snake’s tank into the back of the vehicle.
“The guy then told Shawn he had to get the cash from the front of the truck, but instead he jumped into the truck and they took off,” Smith recalled. “It was dark and the truck’s lights were turned off, so my husband wasn’t able to see the licence plate.”
“Shawn literally stood there with his mouth open, wondering if it was actually happening.” The couple contacted police immediately.
Const. Amanda Rabishaw said investigators were able to identify a suspect through a screen name allegedly used on social media. A man was arrested and the pet was returned to the couple.
Smith said she and her husband are huge animal lovers, but they made the difficult decision to sell Little Girl after having their own little girl seven weeks ago.
“When you have a baby your priorities change,” she said.
The female boa is two years old and will likely double in size by the time she matures.
“She is super friendly like a puppy dog and good with kids,” Smith said of Little Girl.
She added with her newborn, they just don’t have enough space in their house to keep Little Girl, which is ready for a larger tank.
James Hogg, 22, of Pickering, is charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property under $5,000.Phil (CBG)
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