Patrol Arrest

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Andrew Potts (victim/owner Herp Hobby Shop)
DOB: 09/28/1960
Address: 103 Douglas Road, Oldsmar

Nicole Odierno (Arrested)
DOB: 07/21/1998
Address: 5150 Drury Court, New Port Richey
Charges: One count of Grand Theft

Jeremy Lawson (Arrested)
DOB: 05/08/1998
Address: 5150 Drury Court, New Port Richey
Charges: One count of Grand Theft
 

What:                               
Pinellas deputies arrest two suspects for grand theft of two Boa constrictor snakes and two albino Tortoises from a pet store in Oldsmar.

When:
The incident occurred at about 1:23 p.m. on May 10, 2017.

Where:
The incident occurred at the Herp Hobby Shop, 103 Douglas Road Unit E, in Oldsmar. 

How/Why:
Pinellas deputies arrest two suspects for grand theft of two baby Aztec boa constrictor snakes and two baby albino tortoises from a pet store in Oldsmar.

According to deputies, at about 1:23 p.m. on May 10, 2017, a male and female suspect entered the Herp Hobby Shop located at 103 Douglas Avenue, in Oldsmar. While in the store, the male suspect distracted the business owner, 56-year-old Andrew Potts. While Potts was being distracted, the female suspect stole two 12 inch Aztec boa constrictor snakes and two albino tortoises from the store.

Deputies say the exotic reptiles were valued at approximately $900.00.

With the help of store surveillance video, deputies were able to identify the suspects as 19-year-old Jeremy Lawson and 18-year-old Nicole Odierno, of New Port Richey. Lawson and Odierno both turned themselves into deputies.

Deputies recovered the two Aztec boa constrictors and returned them to the victim at the Herp Hobby Shop. The two albino tortoises have not been recovered. 

Lawson and Odierno were both arrested and charged with one count of Grand Theft.

They were transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

The investigation continues.

 

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