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Man sought in reptile theft

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A man is shown putting a four-foot lizard into a bag. (Source: KGPE/CNN) A man is shown putting a four-foot lizard into a bag. (Source: KGPE/CNN)

FRESNO, CA (KGPE/CNN) - A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of stealing reptiles.

Fresno Police Lt. Donald Gross said Friday Devin Michael Madej, 20, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property, the Associated Press reported Thursday night.

He was caught on camera breaking into The Discovery Center.

In the video, he is seen looking around for cameras but seems to have no idea that the place has surveillance equipment everywhere.

"He came from the other side of the property, came all the way on this side, looked through the windows, disappeared for a minute, found a cinder block," Mary Ellen Wright, The Discovery Center's director, said.

He hurls a cinder block through the glass window and heads for the reptile room. He grabs a boa constrictor and two pythons, tossing the mortal enemies into the same bag.

"They had a jungle environment in their tank, and they were wrapped around their trees and vines," Wright said.

He is seen yanking out a four-foot lizard and stuffing it into a trash can, then pulling out a computer monitor from the desk and shoving it on top of the lizard.

"It was very painful to watch as he pulled the animals out," Wright said. "We were looking for blood."

The reptiles are all rescues. Kids love to spend time with them after school, including Lea Charriez, who recognized the burglar in the surveillance video as someone who plays football with neighborhood kids just down the street from The Discovery Center.

Three of the four reptiles have been recovered. A boa constrictor is still on the loose.

Copyright 2013 KGPE via CNN. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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