Reptiles swiped from Livonia exotic pet store

Mark Hicks, and Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

An exotic pet store in Livonia is turning to the public for tips to find reptiles that store owners say were stolen from the shop this week.

On Monday, Stingers Exotics Reptile Specialty on Middle Belt wrote on its Facebook page about a break-in they discovered that morning.

“All of our bearded dragons were taken along with many other lizards. All of our boarders were safe and unharmed,” the store said in the post. “The Livonia Police Dept are working with our DVR system and have images of the “white male” that broke in. Facial images were good we should get a good id.”

Livonia police Capt. Robert Nenciarini said the break-in happened about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

“The suspect threw a rock through the store’s glass front door,” he said. “He stole a lot of pets, and a couple of them belonged to the store’s owner and weren’t for sale.”

More than 20 animals estimated to be worth thousands of dollars were taken, Nenciarini said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Livonia police at (734) 466-2470.

Stingers Exotics has been open since 2002, letting “usual people find unusual pets,” according to its website.

On Facebook, the owners shared images of two of the reptiles, Betty and Ace, in bright green St. Patrick’s Day garb.

“My Mum, Carl and I are angry, devastated, sad all of the emotions you can expect to have when you’ve been wronged,” the owners wrote Monday. “Please feel free to share our pics and story ... we’re hoping for their safe return.”