Stolen alligator returned to Stockport pet store

Cuvier's dwarf caiman
Image caption The caiman was taken from its tank at the pet shop

A 5ft (1.5m) dwarf caiman stolen from a Greater Manchester pet store has been returned along with several other animals.

The reptile, which was taken from Stockport Pet Warehouse, in Hallam Street, Heaviley, on Monday night, was dumped outside the store on Tuesday.

Several animals were left in bags and boxes at the shop, including a leopard gecko and some bearded dragons.

Some of the stolen animals are still missing, including a galah cockatoo.

Shop worker Jonathan Bibby said he thought the media attention had forced the thieves to dump the animals.

"I would presume that because of the press, they were pressured into bringing them back," he said.

"It would be hard to sell them.

"I would like the rest of them returning, especially the cockatoo as it belongs to a customer."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the force was still "appealing to anyone with information, and indeed to anyone who may know who is behind this very tenacious burglary" to come forward.

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