Local pet store out thousands of dollars after robbery

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BELTON, Mo. -- A local pet store was broken into about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, and now Sherri's Pet Emporium is missing multiple animals and money.

The owner, Sherri, said that theft could be worth a loss of around $10,000. Although the money is important, she says she's more concerned about the safety of the animals.

"I don't know who has them, or why they've done it, but they need to come back where they belong," Sherri said.

She was notified by the police department this morning that her building had been broken into.

"They pretty much tore up the front of the store getting the cages out," she adds.

They took a Malakan cockatoo, blue and gold Macaw, a pastel Red Tail Boa, and several iguanas. Between the animals and the cages, she said the thieves took around $10,000 worth of property.

"This is a tough time of year for this business to start with," said Sherri, "I don't know why somebody would do it, and people can't be that desperate, they're innocent animals, they don't bother anybody, I don't bother anybody."

Sherri runs the small, independent pet shop with the help of volunteers. She has helped many sick animals get well and has become attached to them, so this unfortunate situation isn't all about the money.

"I mean insurance might help, but it's not going to replace how people feel," she said.

She just wants her animals back.

"My sense of security is a little broken," Sherri added, "Justice is only going to be served by the man upstairs, and the police department. I have to leave that to them. There should be a price to pay, and my animals need to come back. I'm worried about them more than anything right now."

If you have any information on where these animals might be, please call the Belton Police Department at (816) 331-1500 or Sherri's Pet Emporium at (816) 348-0300.

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