MESA, AR (KPNX/NBC) - A Mesa, AZ, man faces theft charges after he was caught on video trying to steal an albino boa constrictor and other exotic reptiles by stuffing them down his pants.
Eric Fiegel, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police reviewed surveillance footage that showed a man stealing the baby snakes from Predator's Reptile Center.
Police said he reportedly entered the store, removed several baby snakes from their cages, and exited without paying.
He allegedly returned later in the evening and left with several more snakes hidden in his pants, police said.
According to police, Fiegel went to another pet store and traded several of the snakes for cash.
A witness obtained a license plate number, which police used to locate Fiegel.
Fiegel was later identified from a police lineup by two witnesses and also from the surveillance footage that showed him placing the snakes in his pants.
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