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A Florida police sergeant received an unusual call this week about an alligator that was loose in a resident's front yard.

The Sarasota Police Department said Sgt. Bruce King responded to the call Wednesday.

Police said King found the alligator's mouth taped shut and it had been tagged by a trapper.

Investigators determined the reptile had been stolen when someone broke into the trapper's trailer.

King, a former Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission employee with experience capturing alligators, was able to bind the arms of the animal and safely load it into a police SUV.

King got right on top of the big gator to slap the "cuffs" (duct tape) on him and haul him off the property. 

The gator was turned over to trappers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Watch video of the incident above.


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