ABC7 viewer helps return stolen bearded dragon to Compton pet store

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A rare bearded dragon, which was stolen by three thieves from a pet supply store in Compton, has been returned to its owners thanks to the help of an Eyewitness News viewer. (KABC)

A rare bearded dragon, which was stolen by three thieves from a pet supply store in Compton, has been returned to its owners thanks to the help of an Eyewitness News viewer.

Sandy was stolen from Rainbow MealWorms Inc. in the 100 block of E. Spruce Street on March 12.

Steven Maushardt, the reptile manager of the store, was left devastated following her disappearance. "She was like my baby," he said in tears.

Fortunately, a viewer recognized the three thieves in the surveillance video after it aired on our newscast and contacted police. The thieves had her listed for sale under the name "Sandymorph."

"After the video aired, we shared it on Facebook and then a lot of people saw it on the news. The reptile community is very tight, and everybody shared it," said Gillian Spence, the store's general manager.

The reptile, who's worth about $700, is now back in her cage with a giant lock.

"We're overjoyed. We're so happy that she's here with us. We were heartbroken when she went missing," Spence said.

No arrests have been made but employees at Rainbow MealWorms Inc. are happy to have their beloved mascot back.

"We just wanted to say thank you to ABC7 news for your effort and help in bringing back our baby to us," Spence said. "The reptile community came together after seeing your footage, and we're reunited with her and we're so happy. Thank you!"

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is currently gathering data from other pet owners the thieves may have stolen reptiles from as well.
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