Boys accused of stealing cockroach, reptiles

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are on sale in a Bangkok's market Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002. The Thai government is cautioning people against a new fad sweeping Bangkok - raising giant African cockroaches as pets - saying the bugs could become a health risk and public nuisance if let loose. (AP Photo/The Nation )

November 18, 2010 11:47:49 AM PST
Baltimore police say two brothers aged 11 and 14 have been charged as juveniles with stealing about a dozen reptiles and a hissing cockroach from a city-run nature center. Police spokesman Officer Nicole Monroe said Thursday that the boys will face charges including theft and breaking and entering. They've been released into their parents' custody.

Police said iguana, geckos, chameleons, turtles and a wingless insect called a Madagascar hissing cockroach were taken in separate thefts from Baltimore's Carrie Murray Nature Center.

Police say the suspects entered the nature center at night through unlocked doors or windows and spirited away the critters. All were recovered and returned to the center Tuesday.