Police: Patron pinched after posing for photo, then pocketing possum

RAW: Surveillance footage of alleged sugar glider theft
Collins poses for a photo with a sugar glider before he allegedly walked out of the store without paying for it. (Source: The Spoiled Pet on Facebook)
Collins poses for a photo with a sugar glider before he allegedly walked out of the store without paying for it. (Source: The Spoiled Pet on Facebook)
Collins is caught on tape, allegedly putting the sugar glider in his pocket. (Source: The Spoiled Pet)
Collins is caught on tape, allegedly putting the sugar glider in his pocket. (Source: The Spoiled Pet)
Collins was arrested by Myrtle Beach Police the next day. (Source: MBPD)
Collins was arrested by Myrtle Beach Police the next day. (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Conway man was arrested for allegedly stealing a sugar glider from a Myrtle Beach pet store, after he posed for a picture for the store's Facebook page.

The Spoiled Pet, located in the Myrtle Beach Indoor Flea Market, sells a variety of pets, including sugar gliders, small gliding possums that look similar to flying squirrels. The sugar gliders retail for about $250 at The Spoiled Pet, according to Bonnie Mills, the store owner.

On Saturday, a couple from Conway entered the store and asked to see one of the store's sugar gliders. The store clerk let the couple hold her own pet, according to Mills. The couple even posed for a picture, and Mills told them it would be posted to social media.

The couple left, and the store clerk realized her sugar glider was missing. The employee reviewed the store's security camera, and noticed that the man appeared to put something in his pocket.

Shortly after realizing the man had glided out of the store without paying for the sugar glider, the store employees called police and posted the couple's photo to Facebook, requesting the identity of the alleged possum-pocketer.

Myrtle Beach Police responded, and through the investigation, identified the suspect as 24-year-old Cade Collins. Police contacted Collins and instructed him to return the pet to the store. Thirty minutes later, he returned the sugar glider to its owner. Police advised Collins to turn himself in to Myrtle Beach Police on Sunday morning.

"The community came together," Mills stated. "We had received information from over 10 people including family, friends and patrons from the store. The police reacted so quickly. Between the tips that people provided and how the police handled the situation we were fortunate to have 'Ivy' back with her mother within three hours."

On Sunday, Collins was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on one count of petit or simple larceny, and as of Monday afternoon, remains incarcerated.

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