THREE men have been charged over a break-in at the Australian Reptile Park last month.
About 24 animals were stolen from the Central Coast park on July 14, including a baby American alligator, snakes, lizards and a tortoise.
There was major concerns for the animals’ welfare amid fears they would be sold on the black market.
Their value was estimated at $40,000 and park workers believed many would not survive.
Police investigating the stealing made a break through on Friday when they arrested three men in a car park near a boat ramp at Brooklyn.
Two Solomon Island skinks ,which were stolen during the break-in, were also allegedly recovered and were returned to the reptile park.
Police will allege the men were in the process of selling the reptiles for $5000 each.
Despite executing search warrants at the men’s homes in Berala, Chester Hill and Lidcombe no other reptiles were found.
An 18-year-old man was charged with receiving stolen property and refused bail.
He was due to appear at Gosford Local Court on Saturday.
The other two men, both aged 19, were charged with receiving stolen goods and were granted bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on October 22.
Police are urging anyone who knows the whereabouts of the remaining reptiles to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.