- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis-area man is accused of stealing a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor from a pet store, then losing it inside a Lowe’s home improvement store.

Authorities say surveillance photos posted on the pet store’s Facebook page led to the suspect, 20-year-old Marshall Parsons of Festus. He was charged Wednesday with stealing an animal, and is jailed on $5,000 bond.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Sxfhpr ) reports that snake remains missing - Parsons allegedly told authorities he lost it inside a Lowe’s in Festus.

Charging documents say Parsons was seen on surveillance cameras taking the snake from its case Nov. 30 at the Exotic Amphibian & Reptile Center in Lemay. The owner posted surveillance photos of the man he suspected taking the snake. Facebook friends identified the suspect as Parsons.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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