NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, December 7, 2015, 10:32 PM
This Florida alligator took a bite out of crime.
A suspected burglar died after he was chomped by a gator while hiding from police near Barefoot Bay, Brevard County sheriffs said.
Authorities found Matthew Riggins’ body on Nov. 23 in a lake. As police tried to pull the remains from the body of water, they were almost attacked by an aggressive 11-foot alligator, Major Tod Goodyear said in a statement.
After the gator was euthanized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, forensic investigators found the 22-year-old burglary suspect’s hand and foot inside the reptile’s stomach, officials said.
“He hid in the wrong place,” Laura Farris, a Barefoot Bay resident told Bay News 9.
Several hours before his attempted break-in, Riggins told his girlfriend he would be in the Barefoot Bay community to steal from homes, officers said.
Deputies responded to the neighborhood around 2 a.m. Nov. 13 after receiving reports of two suspicious men dressed in black.
When officers approached the duo, the perps fled and hid near a lake.
While hiding, Riggins called his girlfriend and said he was being chased by deputies.
Police found the alligator attack victim’s alleged partner-in-crime, who has not been cooperative, cops said.
Riggins was reported missing by family the next day and ultimately was found dead in the lake 10 days after the burglary call.