Memphis woman asks for return of stolen snake

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman whose home was burglarized says she all she wants is the return of her snake.

For Leonia Sanders, losing her three-foot python, Heather, was like losing a child.

"It's been hard, and she'll be gone three weeks tomorrow," Sanders said Monday.

Someone broke into Sanders' Frayser home and took a computer monitor, her son's Sony gaming system, and Heather.

"My snake was gone," she said. "The whole cage. The water bowl.  Everything was gone."

Most surprising to Sanders was the thief didn't take her other snake, a boa constrictor named Tigger.

"He's worth about $2,000, and I'm just scared to leave my house for a long time because I don't know if somebody is going to break in and steal him," she said.

While Sanders doesn't know who is responsible for taking Heather, she and her sister recently responded to an ad posted by a Harrah's Casino employee who had a snake for sale. Sanders said her sister paid the woman $200 for the snake.  

Sanders believes the snake is Heather.

"When I reached down to look at it, I said, 'Heather, Heather'," Sanders said. "She unraveled and was trying to get out the cage.  When she raised her neck there was a mark right there. I said, 'This is my snake. This is my snake. How she got here, I don't know.'"

While Sanders said her sister still has the snake in her possession, Sanders is hoping it's only a matter of time before she finds out what really happened to Heather.

"All I want is my snake back," she said. "That's all I want."

Anyone with information that can help authorities with their investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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