Police question suspects in bizarre Holmesburg insect and reptile theft

Dan Wing
August 31, 2018 - 3:28 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Detectives are investigating a bizarre theft that took place over the course of several days in Philadelphia's Holmesburg neighborhood last week. 

Philadelphia Police say the owner of the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion on Frankford Avenue reported that between Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 25, several employees stole a number of insects and reptiles from the business. The owner reported some documents missing as well. 

In total, the bugs and reptiles are believed to be worth somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000. 

The New York Times has since reported that police have been in contact with the three suspects, who are current and former employees of the insectarium, according to a police statement. Cops are searching searching their homes, but because the thieves also stole the logs used to keep track of the animals, it is difficult to know which ones were stolen. 

The Times reports that there have been no arrests yet, and that police have retrieved a handful of insects and a Mexican fireleg tarantula. A six-eyed sand spider, one of the most venomous in the world, is still at large.


KYW Newsradio's Eric Walter contributed to this report.