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Eric Fiegel moments before he stuffed a snake in his pants. Screengrab via Arizona 12 News
Snakes in Pants

Risky business: Man steals snakes... by stuffing them in his shorts

Eric Fiegel was either very brave or very stupid. Either way he got caught.

AN ARIZONA MAN man stole several baby albino boa constrictors at a pet store by stuffing them in his shorts, according to local police.

Eric Fiegel was arrested on Tuesday after police reviewed surveillance footage from Predator’s Reptile Centre in Mesa which showed him stuffing the exotic reptiles in his shorts, the Arizona Republic reports.

A video from 30 July shows the 22-year-old man entering the store, removing several snakes from their cage and placing them in the pocket of his shorts before exiting the store without paying.

Police say Fiegel then traveled to another pet store and traded several of the snakes for $175 and a large reptile tank.

He was busted when a witness obtained a license plate number which police used to locate Fiegel. He was later identified by witnesses from a police lineup and was charged with theft and trafficking stolen property.

See CCTV of the incident on this report from Arizona 12 News:

- additional reporting from AP

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