Rare bugs worth $40K stolen in Pennsylvania

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Thieves stole thousands of insects and reptiles from a Pennsylvania science center.

And police think the culprits were current or former employees.

Security footage shows people with plastic containers holding insects that are now missing. 

It happened at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. More than $40,000 worth of rare reptiles and bugs are gone.

Authorities believe most were stolen on or around August 22nd.

Police are searching the homes of suspects, but so far no arrests have been made. 

The insectarium’s chief executive believes the thieves intended to resell the animals.  

“We’ve got exotic creatures from all over the world up there and some were endangered species as well. Thankfully, we didn’t lose all of those, and we’re very happy to still have the creatures we do, but thousands of creatures were taken.”

Some insects have been returned, but many have not including one of the world’s most venomous spiders, the six-eyed sand piper.

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