Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing

Posted: May 2, 2021 / 10:20 pm EDTUpdated: May 2, 2021 / 10:21 p.m. EDT

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LANSING, me. (WLNS) – Two animals were stolen from Preuss Pets by two different people on Friday. Owners of the popular pet shop are asking the community for help finding one of these animals.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. on Friday and was captured on camera. Kirbay Preuss, general store manager, says a snake was stolen but they need help identifying a man who took a gecko.

The police in Lansing are looking for the man in the picture below. You can see he is with a wife and two kids too.

The gecko was taken straight from its tank. After reviewing the footage, managers believe it was planned. The gecko was one of two of its kind in the store and costs almost $ 200.

“For the sake of animal health and personal integrity, just give the animal back and do what’s right. You know stealing is wrong,” said Sean Murphy, Preuss Pets operations manager.

The stolen snake was taken by someone else on the same day, but the main concern of the stores is the gecko.

The farm manager says this gecko needs a lot of care and its health could be at risk if not in the right environment.

“They require special feeding. It’s not an ordinary pet that you would keep. So time is of the essence so that we can find them in the hope that they will survive,” Preuss said.

Store managers also say they plan on adding extra security to the cages and rearranging them. The staff is not only being trained to look out for thieves.

Anyone with additional information on the whereabouts of this gecko should contact the Lansing Police Department at (517) 351-4220.

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