UPDATE: Thieves steal 70 snakes from Rugby reptile shop

Images of some of the snakes stolen
Images of some of the snakes stolen

Thieves broke into a reptile shop last week and stole 70 snakes worth between £75 and £2,000 each.

Around 40 Royal Pythons and 30 Boa Constrictors were stolen.

Around 70 snakes were stolen

Around 70 snakes were stolen

The hatchlings were described as small and not deadly.

Steve Mussard, manager of Rugby Reptiles in Hillmorton Road, said it had been a stressful day cleaning up the mess the thieves left behind.

“We’ve been in here for hours trying to sort everything out and local people have been in to help us too.

“Loads of vivariums were smashed, there’s glass everywhere and around 70 snakes were stolen.”

Steve said the store’s CCTV cameras were turned around by the offenders and the footage and alarm boxes were stolen.

Steve added: “The snakes will be cold at this time of year, they are used to high temperatures. “If anyone comes across them they should not be alarmed, they should get in touch with the shop and we will get them back safe and well.”

Shop owner Andrew Mallender said it was a great financial loss but he was concerned about the welfare of the snakes.

If anyone finds the snakes they can call the shop on (01788) 543018.

A police spokesman said: “We were called to Rugby Reptiles at around 9.30am this morning after reports of a burglary.

“There were signs of forced entry to the rear of the property and the CCTV cameras had been turned away.

“A number of snakes were stolen and money was taken from the till.

“Around £1,500 worth of damage had been caused and 12 vivariums were also taken.”

The burglary happened between 6.15pm on Tuesday November 4 and 9.15am on Wednesday November 5.

Police urge anyone who has seen snakes being sold in the area or who witnessed suspicious activity at the time of the burglary, to contact DC 1631 Scott Fisher at Rugby Proactive CID on (01788) 856117, quoting incident 57 of Wednesday November 5.

Alternatively, the independent charity, Crimestoppers, can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org