(KMOV.com) – A man is facing charges after surveillance footage allegedly captured him stuffing two live alligators into his pocket at a south St. Louis County pet store.
Melvin Davis, 20, is charged with felony stealing.
The owner of Exotic Amphibian and Reptile Center, Jim Brumley, said Davis was near cages where many of the animals are kept. Brumley said a clerk then heard a cage open before warning Davis to leave the animals alone. After the clerk walked away, video allegedly captured Davis stuffing two alligators into his pocket.
“An alligator had fallen on the floor. He started to say something about him, and the guy claimed it was his and that he brought it with him,” Brumley said.
After the clerk left the area to check surveillance video, Davis allegedly stuffed the alligator that fell out back into his pocket.
Even though Davis has been charged, Brumley said the stolen animals have not been returned.
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