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#23 $40,000 Insect and Lizard Theft Was an Inside Job, Police Say

The desert hairy scorpions and domino cockroaches had vanished. The shelves at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion were empty, and there was little movement in the glass cases. Electric-blue staff uniforms hung from knives that had been stabbed into a wall.

Thieves had stolen more than $40,000 worth of insects and lizards, and the police suspected an inside job.

Security cameras around the pavilion recorded several people creeping out of the museum last week with plastic containers holding giant African mantises, bumblebee millipedes, warty glow spot roaches, tarantulas, dwarf and tiger hissers, and leopard geckos.

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John Cambridge, the chief executive of the insectarium, said he believed that “someone recognized an opportunity to remove some creatures” and did it.

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