Masked Man Steals Alligator Spotted In Philadelphia-Area Creek As Police Are Trying To Capture It

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An absolutely chaotic story is coming out of the Philadelphia area.

On Tuesday night, police were called with a report of an alligator swimming in Darby Creek, located in Upper Darby, which is about 8 miles west of Philly.

The caller said he was walking his dog in Penn Pines Park when a 2 foot alligator came out of the water and snapped at the dog.

If the story ended there it would be crazy enough. I grew up in Pennsylvania and never once did I think an alligator would ever pop out at me from the water. But that’s not the end of it.

According to the Delaware County Daily Times, the caller and his dog followed the gator as it made its way downstream towards Yeadon and Darby while the police and Pennsylvania Game Commission made their way to the scene.

But when the officials finally got there and located the gator, something even more unexpected happened.

A masked man leapt from the other side of the creek into the water, grabbed the alligator, then took off running down a trail.

You can listen to the police radio recording below.

I mean what?

Police believed the abductor was the animal’s owner and made no pursuit. Can’t really blame them for not wanting to chase down the man who took care of their problem, but it’s insane that he did that right in front of the cops and they showed absolutely no urgency in trying to find him.

But the real question is what kind of a mad man dives on an alligator? Sure, it’s only 2 feet but I still wouldn’t want those jaws chomping down on my hand or neck or really anywhere.

Philly, man… You just never know what to expect.

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