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Abbotsford family looking for pet snake stolen during break-in

The break-in took place earlier this month. Police say multiple items were taken, including the family pet.

Abbotsford police call it an 'unusual' theft

Abbotsford police say multiple items were stolen from the home, including the family's pet snake. (Abbotsford police)

An Abbotsford family was left scratching their heads after realizing their pet snake was one of the things taken when their home was broken into. 

Abbotsford police is investigating and is calling the theft "unusual." 

"I don't understand why somebody would steal a family's pet," said owner Kristie Johnson.

The family was away at the time of the break-in and had to cut its vacation short after it heard the news.

The snake, known as "Maize," is an orange eight-month-old female corn snake. Police say whoever took the snake also took her 20-gallon terrarium, which Johnson says would be difficult for one person to carry by themselves. 

"The kids, who are six and eight, are heartbroken that she's missing," she added. "There have been a lot of tears." 

The snake, known as "Maize," was an eight-month-old female corn snake. (Abbotsford police)

Johnson says multiple items were taken but could not go into further detail, noting the investigation is ongoing. 

In an email to CBC News, Abbotsford police say the snake has not turned up from "traditional methods of locating it," so they are asking for the public's help.

"We really just want to have her back home in our family," Johnson added.

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