A Mount Sinai woman who police say stole four lizards from a Huntington Station pet store was arrested Friday, authorities said.
Anisa Escobar, 46, was with her twin 14-year-old boys when she cut open the top screen of a reptile enclosure and grabbed four bearded dragons at Selmer’s Pet Land on East Jericho Turnpike on August 23, Suffolk County police said.
The woman left the store with all four bearded dragons, valued at $1,100, police said.
Surveillance footage of the woman was released and numerous tips came to police about Escobar, police said. She was arrested on Friday morning, police said.
The lizards have not yet been recovered, police said.
Escobar’s lawyer, Christopher Brocato, of Central Islip, said while surveillance footage shows Escobar near the case and with her sons, “you don’t see what matters the most, her taking the lizards.”
“There’s no one who can say, ‘I saw her walk out with those lizards,” he said.
Brocato also questioned the stated value of the lizards, which helps determine the charges his client faces: “I don’t know how these lizards could have the value that they say they had.”
Escobar was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
She was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip where she pleaded not guilty, officials said. She was ordered held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash, police said.
Escobar is due back in court on Tuesday, officials said.