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Bend children arrested in Reptile Zone housebreaking, animals returned; proprietor thankful yet offended, annoyed

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Jeff Jensen harm by means of movements of consumers grew to become pals: ‘You guys stabbed me within the again’

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – With the assistance of the group, a 17-year-old Bend resident and his 18-year-old female friend had been arrested in closing month’s housebreaking of The Reptile Zone in northeast Bend and the stolen animals had been recovered, police stated Wednesday.

Safety video on Nov. 28 confirmed two other people dressed in mask had got rid of an air-con unit from a window at The Reptile Zone within the 500 block of NE Greenwood Street and entered the trade in a single day, police Communications Supervisor Sheila Miller stated.

They stole 3 snakes, two frogs, a turtle, the trade’s tip jar and different merchandize, together with cages. Miller stated an estimate of the stolen and broken assets crowned $3,000.

“Neighborhood help and an investigation led Bend Police to spot a 17-year-old Bend resident as a suspect within the housebreaking,” Miller stated in a information unlock.

Officials on Tuesday contacted the teenager at his house within the 1200 block of Northwest Lexington Street, Miller stated.

“The 17-year-old admitted that he and his female friend … 18, had burglarized the trade and stolen the animals,” she added.

The case used to be damaged when a circle of relatives member of the suspect noticed a Fb submit and identified the stolen turtle.

Each children are are charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree housebreaking, Miller stated. The 18-year-old used to be taken to the Deschutes County Prison and the male used to be booked into the county’s Juvenile Detention Heart.

The stolen reptiles and merchandize had been discovered within the couple’s house and had been recovered and launched to the trade proprietor.

Reptile Zone proprietor Jeff Jensen stated he is thankful for the entire group enhance and the go back of his animals and products, yet voiced frustration and anger that two of his consumers would do the sort of factor.

For the reason that robbery, he stated, “Other people would simply are available in and provides me hugs randomly. A woman says, ‘I in reality do not like reptiles in any respect. I noticed you at the information. I simply needed to are available in and inform you that I am praying for you and rooting for you,’ And she or he left. However it is been that more or less enhance that has gotten me via this, my spouse and I.”

Supporters additionally arrange two fundraising accounts for the shop and a lady stopped by means of to given Jenson an envelope with $1,000 in it.

That shut courting along with his consumers is what made the robbery really feel like a betrayal for Jensen, who stated he had placed on a reptile display for the suspect’s tenth celebration.

“I used to be harm, as a result of they had been consumers of mine,” he stated. “They would been consumers for a short time. And I informed them — like numerous retail outlets, I have stated this earlier than: My consumers get started out as purchasing, buying consumers, and so they finally end up as pals. And also you guys stabbed me within the again. And it hurts. And the entire time that I used to be pronouncing that, the daddy of the younger girl who used to be status subsequent to her, livid – his face used to be crimson. As soon as I used to be achieved speaking, he simply let unfastened on him.”

Jensen stated one of the recovered reptiles weren’t in just right situation, so he is having them get well out of the general public eye, earlier than they go back to the store shows. The stolen circumstances additionally had been broken, he stated.

However above all, Jensen stated he needs to thank the 1000’s of people that shared his tale and helped in finding his reptiles.

Bend teens arrested in Reptile Zone burglary, animals returned; owner grateful but angry, frustrated