Woman says package with 9 tarantulas stolen from her porch

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FILE – In this May 19, 2007, file photo, a girl looks at a tarantula spider behind a window during a live exotic animal exhibition in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. A South Carolina woman says a porch pirate may have stolen a package containing nine tarantulas from her front porch. News outlets report the woman says she received a notification Friday morning, July 26, 2019, that the FedEx shipment had been delivered. When she went to get the package, she says it wasn’t there. The Spartanburg County sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Kevin Bobo says the package was still missing as of Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov, File)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Neighbors said they are in shock after a Spartanburg woman said she was a victim of porch pirates who stole a special delivery package from her front steps.

According to a Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Dept. incident report, the package taken from the woman’s front porch Sunday contained nine tarantulas.

Sabrina Rice lives next door to the woman and she said she was shocked to hear it was a box of tarantulas that was swiped from her neighbor’s front porch.

“There’s always somebody out there talkin’ to her, but I would never think someone would steal something off somebody’s porch,” Rice said. “It’s a box full of spiders.”

Instead, she got a notification that the FedEx shipment had been delivered a little over an hour earlier that morning.

When she went to get the package, she found it wasn’t on the porch.

Rice doesn’t think the porch pirates were after spiders.

“They probably were thinking they’re getting something electronic. Something they could sell or something they could just keep for them self,” she said.

The victim told deputies the spiders are worth about $1,000.

“That’s crazy. So what are you gonna do with a box full of spiders? What you gonna do with spiders?” Rice said.

The woman’s husband said they are following up with FedEx since he said the shipping slip clearly stated, “must obtain signature at time of delivery.”

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