Livonia pet store recovers some of its stolen reptiles

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

An exotic pet store in Livonia has recovered some of the reptiles stolen last month after police arrested a suspect, owners said.

Police said someone broke into Stingers Exotics Reptile Specialty on Middle Belt about 1:30 a.m. March 27 and swiped more than 20 animals estimated to be worth thousands of dollars — including some not for sale.

Store owners reported on their website that “all of our bearded dragons were stolen along with uromastyx, blue tongue skink, savannah monitor and our beloved Betty and Ace.”

A tip eventually led to the recovery of seven animals — including five bearded dragons — as well as the person who allegedly broke in, the owners wrote in a recent post on their Facebook page.

However, they said, “Betty, Ace, Sad Ken and the others are still missing. We need to find them and get them back safe. By finding Betty & Ace I’m confident we can find the others. ... Someone knows where they are. We so greatly appreciate all of your support and kind words no matter how far. Thank you.”

The owners describe Betty and Ace as 21 and 19 inches, respectively, from nose to tail.

Staffers are asking anyone who acquired bearded dragons bought online that match their description to call the store at (248) 919-0056 or email

Those with information are also asked to call Livonia police at (734) 466-2470.