Alligator Helps St. Lucie Cops Take Bite Out of Crime
By Space Coast Daily // May 18, 2014
suspect hit alligator crossing the road
ABOVE VIDEO: Alleged car theft suspect, Calvin Rodriguez, was arrested this week in Port St. Lucie thanks in part to an alligator. (WPTV.com video)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA — The Port St. Lucie Police Department got an unexpected assist from a Port St. Lucie reptile resident last week as police apprehended suspected car thief Calvin Rodriguez.
“It’s pretty unimaginable that police officers would be at that point in time looking for these suspects and that an alligator unfortunately just happens to cross the road and assist us in catching these criminals,” said Det. Keith Boham.
According to the police report, Rodriguez is responsible for stealing at least five cars which were parked in area supermarket parking lots.
The police also said, Rodriguez was using ‘shaved keys’ which could open car doors and start Acura and Honda vehicles.
Rodriguez is facing five counts of Grand Theft Auto. The alligators condition is unknown at this time.