Caught On Cam Snake Thief
Police say man smuggled serpent in sweatshirt to settle a grudge.
A Jeffersonville, Indiana man is behind bars charged with burglary after police say he broke into an apartment and stole a snake.
The crime was caught on camera.
Jason Philpot lives at the Rose Hill Residences in Jeffersonville.
On New Year's Eve, he noticed something was wrong when he came home.
"I don't know how he did it but, that's how broke into the door," said Philpot.
The suspect came inside and Philpot says you can see the big bare spot in his apartment where the aquarium used to be.
His two boa constrictors, named Bonnie and Clyde, were gone.
"That's all I got left of it, flowers and rocks that's all I got left of my snakes," said Philpot.
Floyd Garner lives in the same apartment building as Philpot.
He says the building is generally quiet but, wonders why Philpot had snakes to begin with.
"It's kinda weird we are only allowed fish and birds here," said Garner.
Philpot says he had a pretty good idea of who stole his snakes, so he asked to look at the apartment surveillance video.
"I called the manager and looked on the camera and it was him," said Philpot.
In the video, you can see a man with a gray hoodie trying to get in the building.
"We've had people that try to do that but, we've been told not to let them in," said Garner.
In the video, the man walks into Philpot's apartment hallway.
The suspect walks out shortly with his hands in his front hoodie pocket, that's where police say he may have hidden the snakes.
"You could see the coils of the snake in the shirt," said Philpot.
"He must have been very familiar with snakes," said Garner. "I wouldn't have done that."
Philpot says the only person who knew he had the snakes was his friend 39-year-old Jason Bunnell, who sold him the snakes.
Police later arrested Bunnell that day, and say he admitted to snatching the snakes.
According to court documents, Bunnell sent Philpot a text message saying, "If you don't give me my $25 today we are at war.'
"Mr. Bunnell told police he took the snake because he wanted to teach Mr. Philpot a lesson," said Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.
Philpot says he paid Bunnell $20 and doesn't understand why his friend would steal his snakes over $5.00.
"People do crazy stuff," said Philpot.
"Now, it's gonna cost him $505 to get out," said Garner.
Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull charged Bunnell with burglary.
Bunnell is expected in court Thursday.
Philpot says he was able to get one his snakes back, but he doesn't know what happened to the other.
Because he isn't allowed to have pets in his apartment, he had to hand it over to his brother.