4

Alabama Man Lands on Probation for Coming to Arizona to Steal Gila Monsters

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

A man from Scottsboro, Alabama is apparently so obsessed with Gila monsters and rattlesnakes that he made trips to Arizona to steal them, and brought them back to Alabama with him.

That's a federal offense, and 43-year-old David Langella will be on probation for the next three years because of it.

The only thing stranger than Langella actually wanting to have Gila monsters is that other people in Alabama wanted them too. According to the indictment, Langella would actually lead other people on Gila monster hunts in Arizona, and also brought some back to give to other people.

The indictment specifically mentions the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Pima County as one of the places Langella led a Gila monster/rattlesnake hunt for his pals.

The feds say Langella had a "personal collection" of the reptiles, which he amassed from 2006 to 2009.

Langella's conviction for "illegal possession, transportation and sale of protected reptiles" is apparently so serious that he'll have to serve the first four months of his probation on house arrest.

It's probably devastating for Langella, but his probation stipulates that he can't own reptiles, or help other people find reptiles.


Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.