Exotic pet stolen from a Plaistow, NH pet store
PLAISTOW, N.h. (WHDH) -- A man was caught on camera stealing a rare pet from a Plaistow pet store.
The pet was an Australian Sugar Glider, an animal is smaller than a wallet, just a matter of a few ounces. The thief didn’t realize that he was caught on camera at Zoo Creatures pet store.
“He has the glider in his pocket. His hand is in his pocket right now holding it in. He's taking a second look. Look, there's a water bubbler. I'm not doing anything. Oh, look, he goes towards the exit,” said Brandon Lee.
Lee, of Zoo Creatures, walked us through the surveillance video that captures the suspect in a red shirt after he stole the exotic, 9-week-old animal and took off in a yellow Volkswagen bug.
“They're very popular. There's a lot of rage and hype about them. They're very cute, fun to have. They become part of your family, and, you know, for these reasons people want them,” said Lee.
The sugar glider, which looks like a miniature flying squirrel, sells for $300 - but some sell for as much as $1,000. They weigh just a few ounces, which is why the suspect was able to take it from its cage, stuff it in his pocket, grab a drink of water and then slip out the side door.
“I’ve seen snakes being stolen before. Like boas and stuff,” said Lee, but this was a first for a Sugar Glider.
This wasn't the first time an exotic animal had been taken from zoo creatures home to rare animals like $60 ,000 snakes and a cougar. But most suspects don't get too far.
“I’m very confident it will resurface. We usually capture our thieves, most of them we do,” said Lee.
Employees at Zoo Creatures said now that the surveillance video is out, they're hoping someone recognizes the suspect and that they’ll do the right thing.