Snakes, tarantulas, large lizard taken in Lakewood pet store burglary

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Snakes, tarantulas and a Nile Monitor lizard are missing after an overnight burglary of a Lakewood pet store.

Security video at Jurassic Pets on Wadsworth Boulevard near 17th Avenue shows a man breaking into the business and making two trips to carry out live specimens from the store between 1 and 3 a.m. Wednesday. The store's burglar alarm was on but did not sound.  A security camera system installed in the store recorded video of the burglaries.

Police were called at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by a neighboring business after someone spotted the front door of the pet store had been smashed.

Police agents found no one in the store but did find two open snake cages on the floor near the front door.  A store employee was contacted and said the store had closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and was set to reopen at 10 a.m.

Two Burmese pythons were stolen.  One of the pythons was an albino. A red tail boa and a Nile Monitor -- a type of large lizard -- were also taken along with five tarantulas.

The specimens were valued at approximately $2,500.  Nothing in the office was taken and the safe appeared not to have been tampered with, police said.

Surveillance video showed the man who broke into the store and he appeared to have some familiarity with the layout of the store.  

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