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Case ID: 5618
Classification: Theft
Animal: reptile
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Sunday, Sep 25, 2005

County: Hamilton

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 1 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Puff, a bearded dragon, is missing after being stolen by a woman over the weekend, police say. Authorities said surveillance video shows the woman taking the lizard from the Pet Jungle in Carmel on Sept 25.

Police said they believe the same woman visited a Mr. Pet store near the intersection of 86th Street and Ditch Road in Indianapolis. Authorities said surveillance video there shows her buying a parakeet and a 20-gallon aquarium -- large enough for the lizard.

Investigators weren't sure as to why the lizard was stolen.

The lizard theft had Hamilton County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Wright shaking his head.

"It would have to be the first one I've investigated in the 13 years I've been (working)," Wright said. "A bearded dragon -- I've never run come across anybody going into a pet store and stealing something like that."

Police said the woman had short hair and a large tattoo -- depicting two hands positioned in a praying manner -- on her right shoulder.

Authorities said anyone with information on the woman's identity can call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

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