Nathan Flick tries to sell stolen snakes at Hamburg Reptile Expo, police say
A Centre County man was arrested for trying to sell off stolen snakes at the Northwestern Berks Reptile Show over the weekend.
Nathan Flick admitted that the five snakes, worth about $7,100, were his but that he bought them from a man he didn't know for $800 on May 15.
According to police, Flick tried to sell the stolen python snakes at the reptile show at the Hamburg Field House on Saturday.
"They were about four feet in length, and were different types of python males and females," said Chief Pedro Rivera, Hamburg Police Dept.
Hamburg police said 13 ball pythons, worth more than $30,000, were stolen last month in Union Twp., Centre Co. Eight of the snakes taken were pregnant females, and five were males. The owner contacted police and posted information on social media to help track them down.
"The owner was able to provide that information into the internet and have them registered as being stolen," said Rivera.
The snakes were identified through photos in a database used by the expo staff. Flick was detained, and by the time police arrived he was standing at the front door with a security guard.
Flick and the five pythons were brought back to the police station, which is a first for the department.
"They do have the expo at the Hamburg Field House throughout the year. It's been here several times since my tenure, but I've never had any reptiles here," said Rivera.
The owner drove 2-1/2 hours to Hamburg to pick up the snakes, which were in generally good health. The other eight pythons were recovered in Centre County, said police.
Flick, 20, of Bellefonte, was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property. He was committed to the Berks County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
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