California’s ‘snake burglar’ apparently strikes again

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — It appears that California’s “snake burglar” has returned.

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The burglar, who stole more than $8,000 from a Riverside business last month by crawling on his stomach to avoid detection by security cameras, is being blamed for a burglary earlier this month at a gold exchange business, KTLA-TV reported.

Cesar Meyer of Crown Gold Exchange compared the thief’s motions to those of Lt. Dan Taylor from “Forrest Gump,” a character who lost his legs in Vietnam and was forced to crawl when his wheelchair was not available.

“This guy slithered in, crawled on the ground, kind of like Lt. Dan-style, hand over hand, didn’t move his legs, and was able to rummage through my entire back room for a full five minutes,” Meyer told the television station.

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The thief took $15,000 worth of silver at the Gold Exchange on Jan. 14, KNBC-TV reported. That included silver bars that were supposed to be delivered to a customer, according to the television station. KTLA reported that the amount stolen was closer to $50,000.

Meyer said the burglar came into his business through a neighboring property, KTLA reported.

“My ADT alarm was set, we have motion sensors back there and it didn’t catch him, and that’s been the case with all of the other people that were burglarized by this same burglar,” Meyer told the television station.