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Posted: February 23, 2017

Alleged thieves busted after returning to pet store, unaware owner posted security video online

Shop Owner Puts Thieves On Blast

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By Joy Johnston

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

ALBUQUERQUE —

UPDATE: The pair accused of stealing a chameleon from a New Mexico exotic pet shop were issued a summons by police after the pair returned to the pet shop last week.

The pet shop owner detained the couple and showed police the security video of the pair allegedly stealing the animal, according to KOB. The video went viral after the shop owner posted clips of the couple on Facebook.

The couple denied any wrongdoing, though the shop owner said they offered to pay for the stolen animal.

The couple has been banned for life from the pet shop.

Read the original report below.

A shop owner in Albuquerque has implemented a high tech meets old school approach to deter shoplifting.

JT Daniels, who owns an exotic pet shop, told KOB that he's installed HD security cameras around his store after incidents of shoplifting. After each theft, instead of calling police, he's posting the high-quality footage to his Facebook page to share and hopefully identify the alleged thieves.

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I really hope this doesn't become a "thing"..😞😞A couple that steals together stays together!! I had a baby chameleon go...

Posted by JT Daniels on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After a man allegedly stole a baby chameleon on Valentine's Day, Daniels posted security footage and wrote on his Facebook page, "This hopeless romantic took his girlfriend to the pet store for valentines day to shoplift her present."

In another case, Daniels told KOB that a person returned a stolen turtle after receiving unwanted attention on Facebook, thanks to the security footage he posted.


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