Albuquerque pet store owner says stolen hedgehogs end up at another shop

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A pet store owner thinks it’s awfully coincidental that hedgehogs stolen for her business quickly ended up at another pet shop in town.

Terri Hallberg said she recognized her hedgehog immediately.

“It was my hedgehog,” said Hallberg. “She responded to me and knew me instantly.”

Last week she said two women came into her store, Petland, and swiped two hedgehogs. The video shows the women standing over the cage and looking around any time someone passes them.

“She was able to kind of climb up, scoop them up, not real easy since they bristle and then walked out of the store,” said Hallberg.

Hallberg said the manager of another store contacted her the day before, asking if they could buy hedgehogs from her.

She tells KRQE News 13 she said no because it’s not breeding season for hedgehogs so they’re hard to come by.

“Knowing kind of the coincidence of him asking for hedgehogs just the day prior just kind of made us wonder if maybe something had been done,” said Hallberg.

That’s when a Petland customer decided to pop in to that other pet store and ask if they had hedgehogs. They told her one just sold and they had one left.

“She was aware that it had the sore on its nose and she instantly knew and they allowed her to take pictures,” said Hallberg.

Hallberg then rushed to the store and took what she said was hers.

“He didn’t protest too much because like I said I walked out of the store with the hedgehog,” said Hallberg.

KRQE News 13 spoke to the manager of the other store and he said he simply bought the hedgehogs from a man and a woman customer. He said he even called the customers after all this to see where they got the hedgehogs and he said he got hung up on. When we asked him if he bought them from either of the women in the surveillance video, he said no.

“Maybe he wasn’t really truly aware of where the hedgehogs came from,” said Hallberg.

Hallberg said she’s just happy at least one of her hedgehogs is back safe.

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