September 11, 2009
Uncle, nephew charged with reptile robbery
Two North Carolina men, an uncle and his nephew, have been charged with stealing 16 snakes, 11 frogs and five lizards from a pet store, police said.
The break-in at Green Desert Reptiles in Waynesville was discovered Sept. 1, police said. Officers called to the store found snakes slithering around and a hole that had been broken through from a vacant space next door that had housed a defunct night club, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
Molen searched Carver's home with a search warrant and found most of Rivera's missing snakes along with an albino cobra. The lizards were also recovered but the Malaysian leaf frogs are still missing.
Carver and his nephew have both been charged with burglary.