Reptiles stolen from Gainesville pet store

- Several reptiles were stolen from a pet store in Gainesville, and the store’s owner has a message for whoever is responsible.

Ken Neidenback said the thieves were able to unlock the front door of the Village Pets store Friday night, and took three of his snakes, a lizard and an iguana—costing him thousands of dollars.

“It used to be very frustrating but it hasn't been the first occasion,” he said. “It doesn't seem to bother me as bad as it used too, just out of my money."

For the past 20 years, Rollos Yarbrough has done business with Neidenbach and is saddened to hear that, yet again, thieves have swiped his reptiles.

"Ken is a nice person, he will work with you,” said Yarbrough. “There's times where I say I'm short on money and he says you can pay the next time. He’s easy to get along with so I have no sympathy for people that steal."

Just a few weeks earlier, someone came into the store during business hours and took two bearded dragons—which inspired the note on the empty cages that reads:

"Whoever stole the two juvy bearded dragons I hope you enjoy them. You have to account to the same creator as me. So I hope you don't have to burn in hell."

But Neidenback says he knows why people take his reptiles.

"To sell them. They could had an order from another pet store cause they took selective stealing. They stole what they wanted and that was it. They need to get a job. J-O-B job is the word for the day," he said.

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