Saturday, May 17, 2014

Alligator helped catch car theft suspect

An alleged car theft suspect has been arrested on the Treasure Coast in Florida. Port St. Lucie police say Calvin Rodriguez was targeting certain makes and model vehicles and that Rodriguez was finally captured thanks, in part, to an alligator.

Investigators say Rodriguez is responsible for stealing at least five cars. Rodriguez was said to be using 'shaved keys' that would open the doors and start the engines of Honda and Acura vehicles.

Police finally spotted Rodriguez in a Honda Civic. They say he sped off but was stopped in his tracks when the stolen car collided with an alligator.

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"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. Rodriquez is facing five counts of Grand Theft Auto. The condition of the alligator that was hit is unknown.

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