updated 4/7/2008 3:38:36 AM ET 2008-04-07T07:38:36

A woman stole a boa constrictor from a pet store by slipping the snake down her pants, the owner said.

The animal was stolen Thursday afternoon from Preuss Animal House in Lansing.

"I am far less concerned for the person than for the snake," owner Rick Preuss said. The 20-inch snake was worth $174.

Jayzun Boget, assistant manager of Preuss' reptile department, called the heist "audacious."

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