Police: Facebook helped track down snake thief

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FESTUS, Mo. (AP)- A St. Louis-area man is accused of stealing a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor from a pet store, then losing it inside a Lowe’s home improvement store.

Authorities say surveillance photos posted on the pet store’s Facebook page led to the suspect, 20-year-old Marshall Parsons of Festus. He was charged Wednesday with stealing an animal, and is jailed on $5,000 bond.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch┬áreports that snake remains missing. Parsons allegedly told authorities he lost it inside a Lowe’s in Festus.

Charging documents say Parsons was seen on surveillance cameras taking the snake from its case Nov. 30 at the Exotic Amphibian & Reptile Center in Lemay. The owner posted surveillance photos of the man he suspected taking the snake. Facebook friends identified the suspect as Parsons.