CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - A mother and son accused of stealing a snake from a pet store were arrested when they returned to the store and asked for books on how to care for the animal, police said.
Store clerks recognized the suspects from surveillance video taken during the theft and stalled them until police arrived.
The video showed the 15-year-old taking the 30-inch baby boa from its cage, wrapping it around his neck and hiding it with his jacket, while his mother acted as a lookout, police said.
The video appeared to show the head of the red-tail boa sticking out of the boy's jacket collar, police said.
Mother and son were arrested Dec. 22. The snake, worth $300, was recovered from their home and returned to the Petland in this Cleveland suburb, police said.
I just heard this on Wait wait don't tell me.
Apparently they were actually wearing the same clothes when they returned the next day, asked for books on python care, then pointed to the empty cage and said, "You know, the kind of snake that used to be in that cage."
This is what happens when stupid people inter-breed too much.