Canberra Reptile Zoo devastated after crocodile and pythons stolen

Lachlan Roberts 19 July 2019 44
Canberra Reptile Zoo

Jaws Junior has been stolen from the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Photo: Supplied.

A thief broke into Canberra Reptile Zoo in the early hours of Friday morning (19 July) and stole two pythons and a freshwater crocodile, leaving the zoo’s staff and owner devastated.

Around 5am, a man was caught on CCTV footage stealing a Stimson’s python called Tim Tam, a hatchling jungle python called Zebra, a freshwater crocodile named Jaws Junior and an expensive register computer.

The managing director and founder of the zoo, Peter Child, said the thief deliberately targeted the pythons but the crocodile was an opportunistic theft.

“The crocodile had been removed from display and was being kept in a tub in the backroom,” Mr Child said. “The pythons were his intended target because after he broke in he went straight for them.

“He smashed their enclosure and picked them up in his hands and then came back and loaded up with all the products needed to keep the pythons. He broke the enclosures which was superfluous because all he needed to do was to lift the doors out.”

While stealing the register computer will hurt the business’ back pocket the most, stealing three members of the zoo family has devastated the zoo’s small team.

“Each one of these animals has a name and each one was a pet to us. The crocodile has been here for a couple of years,” he said. “The animals themselves would only cost $150 each so he hasn’t stolen them because they are valuable but because he wants to keep them himself.

“We are worried about the crocodile the most because pythons can easily be kept but a freshwater crocodile is hard to look after.

“We also had to open late this morning because forensics had to come through. It hurts us quite a bit because it was a busy morning.”

ACT Policing are investigating and would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious near the zoo, or who may have dashcam footage of the zoo or surrounding area, between 7 pm Thursday (18 July) and 8:30 am Friday (19 July).

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6418811. Information can be provided anonymously.

What's Your Opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with
44 Responses to Canberra Reptile Zoo devastated after crocodile and pythons stolen
Drew Allen Drew Allen 9:36 am 23 Jul 19

There was a dead freshwater croc found on the Murray river. Any connection?

Angella Storrier Angella Storrier 5:47 pm 20 Jul 19

Why aren’t they posting the CCTV footage they have showing the man in the act of stealing the animals?

Joanne Stewart Joanne Stewart 2:45 pm 20 Jul 19

I know... what the hell 😩

Nicole Juratowitch Nicole Juratowitch 2:29 pm 20 Jul 19

I really hope they catch them, and that everyone is safely returned to where they belong!

Rastislav Zrelak Rastislav Zrelak 7:59 am 20 Jul 19

I love the place, sad news for everyone. Hope you will get them back,

Elaine Srejic Elaine Srejic 9:57 pm 19 Jul 19

I hope the python gives him a tight cuddle around the neck

Julia Landford Julia Landford 9:46 pm 19 Jul 19

So sorry to hear that news!! Hope you can get them back.

Monica Tiffen Monica Tiffen 9:01 pm 19 Jul 19

I hope it bites them!

Jo van Meurs Jo van Meurs 7:28 pm 19 Jul 19

So terrible. Hope they catch these disgusting thieves

Charlie Karmenu Flask Charlie Karmenu Flask 7:22 pm 19 Jul 19

Too bad this idiot didn't put his hands in a brown snake enclosure

Helen Mackenzie Helen Mackenzie 7:16 pm 19 Jul 19

Police computer forensics need to go to google crocodile care sites and obtain ISPs of any local logs to their page.

Pamela Zielke Pamela Zielke 7:07 pm 19 Jul 19

I have shared , so sorry, low life’s they are .

Just ridiculous people can be so cruel ..

Absolutely hoping they come back home xxx

Rose Ains Rose Ains 6:52 pm 19 Jul 19

Elle Morgan JJ Wazowski so horrible

Di Molnar Di Molnar 6:02 pm 19 Jul 19

I will pray for their safe return 🙏🏻

Lewis P Owlay Lewis P Owlay 4:36 pm 19 Jul 19

Meth gator on the loose 🐊

Jackie Fuller Jackie Fuller 4:20 pm 19 Jul 19

Well....I will be on the look out for a 🐊

Sharon Hunter Sharon Hunter 4:12 pm 19 Jul 19

Hopefully the police have got enough from this cctv?

Deborah Funoo Deborah Funoo 3:48 pm 19 Jul 19

How could they do this

Jamie Dwyer Jamie Dwyer 3:47 pm 19 Jul 19

Don’t they have back to base security 🤷🏼‍♂️

Elise Dare Elise Dare 3:32 pm 19 Jul 19

😮😮😮 Danielle Orth Alice Fahrer Anita Vanderkleij

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Region Group Pty Ltd

Search across the site