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Posted by Deb Hoppe on November 03, 1999 at 08:35:02:
This is from Newsday (Long Island, NY) dated 11/3/99:
If a Sea Cliff woman thought the culprit who left her apartment in disarray Monday was a real snake, she was right.
Police said the woman thought her home had been burglarized, then received a scare when she found a 4-foot snake had made itself her unwelcome guest.
Emma Broderick, 34, entered her studio apartment on 8th ave. around 3:30 pm and found about 10 picture frames knocked over from coffee tables and shelves in her living room, said 6th precinct Lt. Joseph Carini.
Broderick called police, who filed an unusual incident report when nothing was found missing. "She thought the apartment was ransacked by burglars," Carini said.
At 11:50 pm that night, Ms. Broderick spotted the 4-foot Red Tail Boa near a sewing basket on the floor, and called police again. Emergency Services officers responded and captured the snake, which they said was not poisonous and too small to have posed much danger to the woman.
Nassau police ambulance medical technician Bob O'Brien said the owner couldn't take it back because it violated his lease. O'Brien, who has 3 other captured snakes in his home, took the snake in until he can find it a home.
"It amazes me that my wife still hasn't complained about all the snakes," said O'Brien, who keeps the snakes in cages. "But the truth is it doesn't bother her. My kids enjoy it."
----There is a photo of a happy Mr. O'Brien with the
Boa around his neck accompanying the article.