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Police: Exotic snakes stolen from Union Township home

Thirteen exotic snakes valued at $30,000 were stolen from a Union Township mobile home overnight Wednesday, state police in Philipsburg said.

The ball python morph snakes went missing between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday, police said. The snakes’ owner, Christopher Lynn and Dawn Robinson, of Julian, told police that eight of the stolen pythons were pregnant females.

Ball python morphs are a special kind of python, sporting unique markings on their skin. They can grow up to 6 feet long but are commonly 3 to 4 feet long, with females being bigger, according to www.ballpython.ca.

Police said someone gained access to the mobile home at 1630 S. Eagle Valley Road in Union Township and made off with the snakes. There were other snakes in the trailer, but police said the thief took only the most valuable ones.

Dawn Robinson said Thursday that she believes that whoever stole the snakes knew exactly what they were after.

“They only stole the expensive ones,” Dawn Robinson said. “It had rained that night, and we think they parked across the street at an old, abandoned gas station, jumped the fence and got in that way.”

She added that police had taken casts of footprints in the soft ground. She said the thief or thieves are believed to have come through a window.

No one was in the mobile home, which is used only for the snakes, at the time of the theft, Dawn Robinson said.

The couple is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and can be contacted at 280-5918. Police are asking that anyone with information on the snake theft to call them at 342-3370.

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