UPDATE: Omaha Police said John McAllister and Steven Peck have been arrested in connection with the case. McAllister is being charged with Burglary, Cruelty to Animals and Obstructing a Peace Officer. Peck was booked for Burglary, Possession of a Short Shotgun, P.W.I.D.-Marijuana and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.
OMAHA (KPTM) - At least one person is under arrest after an early morning burglary at an exotic pet store.
"They went through the front door with a hammer and decided they were going to start filling up bags full of snakes and reptiles," said Don Everson, the owner of BARTS.
Around 9 A.M. shards of glass were scattered around the front entrance with the door smashed out. Inside, the thieves damaged a display case. Everson told FOX 42 News those responsible tried to take around 50 to 60 creatures from the store.
"They probably thought they could make quick cash," said Everson, who acknowledged the net worth of the snakes and reptiles totaled about $40,000.
When officers arrived on scene they immediately busted one guy trying to run off with a snake in hand, but he didn't get far and ended up ditching it before getting caught; a burglary attempt Everson believes was planned.
"It looked like they were actually out here for about 15 minutes casing the store trying to figure out how to break in," said Everson referring to surveillance video captured from the night before.
Now, the pet store has a lot of cleaning up to do. For workers it's a setback, but they insist this incident won't keep them down.
"One thing you have to know is if you mess with BARTS you mess with a whole lot of people in the Omaha metro area because they all care about our store and we care about them," said Everson.
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