NORTH HOLLYWOOD : Man Fined $125 for Theft of Pet Iguana

A North Hollywood man was ordered Wednesday to pay $125 to an animal organization for his conviction on charges of stealing his ex-girlfriend's pet iguana.

Greg Flint, 23, pleaded no contest--the equivalent of a guilty plea in criminal court--to one count of theft for taking "Iggy" from Stephanie Snyder's North Hollywood apartment Jan. 14.

Van Nuys Municipal Court Commissioner Mitchell Block ordered Flint to pay $125 to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. When Flint was convicted April 29, Block also sentenced him to 30 days of graffiti removal and to two years of probation.

Flint told police that he took the 3-foot iguana after Snyder broke off their relationship.

Snyder "stepped on my heart and dumped on me, (so) I took the only thing she loves, to hurt her," Flint said, according to a police report. "I set Iggy free."

The animal was never found.

Flint had also been charged with pulling a handgun on Snyder's new boyfriend just before he ran away with the pet iguana. However, this charge was dropped when prosecutors were unable to locate the victim, said Deputy City Atty. Gary Geuss.

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