Tempe police find naked men, alligator after burglary call

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Tempe police found a Caiman alligator inside an apartment while investigating a burglary. By Jennifer Thomas Tempe police found a Caiman alligator inside an apartment while investigating a burglary. By Jennifer Thomas
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe man confronted two burglary suspects and forced them to strip off their clothing before leaving his apartment. The victim was later arrested for drugs and illegally possessing an alligator.

Tempe police officers responded to an in-progress vehicle burglary call near Southern Avenue and Priest Drive at approximately 3:20 a.m. Monday.

Armed with a handgun, the victim, Anthony Burton, had confronted the two suspects, Anthony Gammon and Alberto Rosciano, in the parking lot.

Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Glover said Burton forced the suspects at gunpoint back to his apartment then forced them to strip off their clothing, purportedly to ensure that they had no additional stolen items on them.

Burton then told the suspects to leave the apartment unclothed. They went to the parking lot and got into their vehicle.

Witnesses to the incident alerted police and provided descriptions of the three men.

Officers stopped Gammon, 18, and Rosciano, 20, in the area of Rural and Baseline roads. They were still naked and later were arrested for the burglary.

Officers went to Burton's apartment and discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a live 2-foot Caiman alligator, according to Glover. He was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of live wildlife.

Burton, 29, said he bought the reptile over the Internet from a Florida-based company.

Gammon and Rosciano were arrested and booked for third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The alligator was turned over unharmed to the Arizona Herpetological Society.