Cops: Man stuffed python in pants at pet store

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) — A Florida man is facing theft charges after police say he tried to steal a snake from a pet store in St. Petersburg on Monday.

Pinellas County deputies said Travis Treder went into Animal House Pet Center, located at 950 34th St. N and put a baby python down the left front pocket of his pants.

Travis Treder, Pinellas County Jail booking photo
Travis Treder, Pinellas County Jail booking photo

Workers tried stopping Treder before he got to the front door. According to the arrest report, Treder pushed an employee out of his way.

A witness and staff worker held Treder to the ground with zip ties until detectives arrived.

The store owner said the python is valued at $149 dollars.

Treder was arrested and charged with petit theft and resisting a merchant.

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