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Pet store rewards card leads police to a suspect who took part in stealing a Jackson Chameleon

Posted: Sept. 26, 2013

Aiden Zachary Wells

Aiden Zachary Wells

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Port St. Lucie Police arrested Aiden Zachary Wells (12/17/92, 4901 NW Irrington Terrace, Port St. Lucie) for taking part in stealing a Jackson Chameleon from the Petco located at 1753 NW St. Lucie West Boulevard, Port St. Lucie.

Petco employees told police that on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at around 8:10 pm, two suspects entered the store and gained access to a secured aquarium, which houses unique reptiles. The suspects took and concealed a Jackson Chameleon out of the aquarium. The suspects then continued shopping and ended up buying live crickets and mini mealworms. The suspect who bought the items used his Petco rewards card during the purchase.

Police reviewed the video and noticed that the suspect and accomplice were in the store for about an hour staking out the Jackson Chameleon’s aquarium. One of the suspects must have seen an employee enter the aquarium and used the employee’s code to gain access to the chameleon. While the one suspect took the chameleon out of the aquarium, the other suspect stood as a look-out.

Police obtained a copy of the receipt, which identify Aiden Wells as the suspect who bought the items and acted as the lookout during the chameleon theft. Police contacted Wells who was cooperative and told police that he and a 17 year old accomplice were responsible for the theft of the Jackson Chameleon. Wells agreed to bring the Jackson Chameleon back to the store, but unfortunately the chameleon died in transit.

Police arrested Wells for retail theft and released him on his own recognizance. Wells will have to appear in court to face the charges of stealing the Jackson Chameleon.

For more information, contact:
Master Sergeant Frank Sabol
Public Information Officer
Port St. Lucie Police Department
(772) 871-5032
(772) 201-6252 (cell)

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