Man sentenced for snake caper

Tyler Lykens, 25, of Bellefonte, was sentenced Friday to two years of intermediate punishment by Centre County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bradley P. Lunsford.

Lykens was found guilty of burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property following a non-jury trial March 7. Lunsford acquitted Lykens of two counts of burglary at that time.

The first 60 days of Lykens’ sentence will be served as house arrest, according to Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks-Miller’s office.

In May 2013, Lykens and co-defendants Nathan Flick and Nicholas Snedden stole ball pythons from a home in Julian. The snakes had a value of about $30,000. Lykens served as the driver in the crime, dropping his cohorts off and picking them up with thirteen snakes in a duffel bag. Eleven of the snakes were returned to the victims after the suspects were arrested. Two of the snakes died.