CENTRE COUNTY, PA (CBS/WTAJ) - More than a dozen exotic snakes worth $30,000 were stolen from a Centre County home. For this family, the snakes are worth more than dollars and cents.
Christopher Robinson has the same routine every morning. He wakes up early, and takes care of his animals. He's got plenty of caring to do with goats, cows, and his prized possessions: 60 ball pythons.
But Wednesday morning, he found someone stole more than a dozen of them. He says, "Got up around 5 in the morning, my room was torn apart. A snake was on the floor. I thought I made a mistake and left one loose, and then everything was missing, gone."
Robinson's been raising and breeding snakes since he was a kid. He's handing down his passion to his two sons. But it's a side job, too. The more you breed, the more unique the babies are, and if you're lucky, you get some pricey baby snakes. Thirteen of his best were missing. Robinson says, "Somebody knew what they were looking for."
Robinson says in total the stolen snakes were worth around $30,000, but he says that's nothing compared to the toll the loss is taking on his sons. He says, "It's heartbreaking to see your kid cry."
One of the missing snakes was Pinstripe, 8-year-old Colton's first. After the robbery, he doesn't feel safe at home. And he lost his pet. Colton says, "It was a really nice snake, and we were gonna breed it when it got big." Chris Junior says, "It's just pretty bad, it was his first snake ever, that he ever had."
Robinson's got a new kind of security system roaming now, it's an alligator, but he just wants his snakes back for his passion, not for profit.