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SLIDELL, La. -- Police arrested a Slidell man for allegedly making off with three reptiles and the cash register from a pet store in an effort to provide a Christmas gift for his son.

Wednesday, Slidell Police were called to Delta Pets on Corporate Square in response to a burglary call, according to a statement from police.

The back door of the store had been pried open, the store owner told police, and the cash register, a ball python worth $600 and two boa snakes were missing from the store.

'While checking the other businesses, police discovered an open door on a vacant building. While searching the building, a makeshift bed was found along with three snakes and a jail ID card bearing the name Donald Laigast, Jr,' said a statement from Slidell Police.

Detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Laigast, who had recently been released from jail on separate burglary charges. He was arrested and charged with one count of simple burglary.

Laigast confessed to police he broke into Delta Pets and stole the snakes as a Christmas present for his son, according to police. The investigation is still ongoing, and more charges are expected.

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