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Robbery is foiled after loot uncoiled

Within hours after 3-year-old Becky was abducted Thursday night, she was returned to her Westminster home.

Becky, a 7-foot python, was taken from the Savage Aquarium store in the first block of Bond St. late Thursday or early Friday.

Police said a woman, whom they would not identify, called and said that a man had been seen with a python at 4 a.m. as he entered an apartment in the first block of Charles St. Police found the snake there and returned it to the store.

Westminster city police arrested James Lawrence Putnam, 20, of Westminster at 6:30 p.m. Friday at a house in the first block of Charles St. and charged him in the theft, Lt. Randy Barnes said.

Mr. Putnam is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, a jail official said.

According to charging documents filed in Carroll County District Court, keys taken from the residence of employee Rodney Hall were used to enter Savage Aquarium. Inside the store, a 50-pound bag of birdseed was emptied onto the floor and the bag was used to carry out the python.

According to the court documents, Mr. Hall told police that Mr. Putnam had visited his apartment and knew he was employed at the pet store,

Frank Savage, the pet store's owner, said Becky, one of several pythons at Savage Aquarium, was unharmed.

The snake is valued at $350, he said.

Man, teen arrested on cocaine charges

A 28-year-old Westminster man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Thursday night near Center at Court streets on drug charges.

Detective Sgt. Wayne Mann made the arrests at 10:30 p.m. after detectives saw two people buying and selling suspected crack cocaine.

Gregory Wayne Ecker, 28, of the first block of Ridge Road was charged with one count of possession of cocaine. He was released on personal recognizance.

The 17-year-old, who was charged as a juvenile, faces a distribution charge. He was released to the custody of a parent.

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