An African-American male shoplifted a baby gator last Tuesday at Pets & Things.
“One guy got my mom’s attention while the other guy took the gator,” employee Anthony Williams explained.
Willams said he was walking some boarding dogs and didn’t notice the missing reptile until the next morning.
Luckily, surveillance video caught the robbery and Williams said the alligator shoplifter is a regular customer who already owns a gator.
“We gave the name to the police,” Williams said, adding that the theft means the store is currently gator-less. “We usually have two or three, but we have one ordered.”
Williams said he and the other employees — his aunt and mom — are keeping a closer watch on the store since the reptile robbery, but he doesn’t think the gator thief got away clean.
“Baby alligators have sharper teeth than the bigger kind,” he said. “He probably was bit, unless he found a way to hold the snout shut.”