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Stolen boa, frogs in peril of neglect?

The fate of a rare boa constrictor and a trio of green tree frogs that disappeared from a pet store could depend on a grandmother's fear of creepy crawly things, Decatur police said Tuesday.

Police said they have reason to suspect the critters, which disappeared in February, were taken by a former employee of Pet Depot, 1000 Beltline Road S.W.

According to the report filed with police Monday, an unknown person called Pet Depot on March 16 and told a manager that the former employee had been keeping the animals at his grandmother's house. The former employee's grandmother had recently kicked him out, the caller said, and she was unlikely to take care of the creatures because she did not like snakes and frogs.

Sgt. Steve Campbell, a police spokesman, said police and animal control officials were trying to determine the animals' whereabouts and conditions.

- Seth Burkett

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