▶THIEVES STOLE OVER $40,000 IN RARE IN­SECTS, REP­TILES:

Ripon Bulletin - - Local -

PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Philadel­phia po­lice say cur­rent or former em­ploy­ees at an in­sec­tar­ium stole over $40,000 worth of rare in­sects and rep­tiles.

Au­thor­i­ties say the sus­pects stole about 90 per­cent of the an­i­mals at the Philadel­phia In­sec­tar­ium and But­ter­fly Pav­il­ion on Aug. 22 and pos­si­bly other days. Po­lice say staff uni­forms were found stabbed into a wall with knives.

Po­lice are search­ing the three sus­pects’ homes for the an­i­mals but no ar­rests have been made. They say some of the in­sects, in­clud­ing a Mex­i­can fire­leg taran­tula, have been re­turned.

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