Rare $500 king baboon tarantulas swiped from Virginia pet shop

Police: Kids sold spiders for $25

RICHMOND, Va. - Spiders might not seem like something a crook would want to steal. But a Virginia pet shop owner knows that's not necessarily the case.

Aaron Reinhard had two rare king baboon tarantulas taken from his Beasts and Bugs shop in a Richmond, Virginia, suburb.

Reinhard did some online investigating and learned the tarantulas had been recently sold for 75 bucks.

He let county detectives know and soon the case of the missing spiders was closed.

Authorities busted 20-year-old Deion T. Dickens on grand larceny and other charges.

Reinhard tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch the "kid was stupid."

Reinhard adds the baboon tarantulas could easily have been sold for $500.

Print this article Back to Top