Owner of Better Buy Pets, Andrew Donaldson stands at the window where thieves broke in and stole an alleged $7000 of stock.
Owner of Better Buy Pets, Andrew Donaldson stands at the window where thieves broke in and stole an alleged $7000 of stock. Damian Dunlop

Store owner snaky over $7000 theft

PET store owner Andrew Donaldson hopes a paper trail will help lead police to the people who broke into his store in the early hours of Saturday morning and stole snakes, turtles and birds.

The Better Buy Pets owner said he was devastated to find seven Children's pythons, a pair of sun conures, four pairs of ring necks, some princess parrots and some hatchling turtles missing after police informed him of the break-in at his Bundamba business.

The missing animals are estimated to be worth more than $7000.

“I don't think (the thieves) were very smart,” Mr Donaldson said.

“It would have taken them ages to get in the way they did.”

Two roller doors and a window were damaged as the thieves made their way in and out of the Mining Street store.

Unfortunately, security cameras failed to capture any reliable footage of those responsible.

However, Mr Donaldson remained hopeful that police could catch them.

“There's always a paper trail with reptiles,” he said.

“You are supposed to have a licence to own snakes and I would say the people who took them probably already have reptiles.”

Anyone with information that could help police can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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