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2 naked men, alligator key players in bizarre burglary

Anthony Burton Anthony Burton
Anthony Gammon Anthony Gammon
Alberto Rosciano Alberto Rosciano

A Tempe man who told two men to strip after police say they burglarized his car is in custody for allegedly having drugs and keeping a 2-foot alligator in his home.

Anthony Burton, 29, was booked into jail on suspicion of illegal possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of live wildlife.

Anthony Gammon, 18, and Alberto Rosciano, 20, were being held on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burton, reportedly armed with a handgun, approached the two men as they allegedly were breaking into his vehicle at an apartment complex in the area of 1600 W. La Jolla in Tempe about 3 a.m. Monday, Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Glover said.

According to Glover, the men said Burton took them to his apartment, where he forced them to remove their clothing to ensure they didn't have additional stolen items.

The pair said Burton then told them to leave - still unclothed. The suspects went to the parking lot of the complex and entered the vehicle in which they had arrived, Glover said. Witnesses to the incident alerted police and provided descriptions of all the subjects involved.

Officers stopped Gammon and Rosciano in the area of 4400 S. Rural Rd.

"Surprising to those officers on the scene, they ended up pulling out our suspects and they were both naked, still," Glover said.

The suspects were later arrested after officers confirmed they had committed the burglary.

Police went to Burton's apartment where they said they found the alligator, along with marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Burton said he bought the reptile over the internet from a Florida-based company, Glover said.

Police turned the alligator over to the Arizona Herpetological Society, which said it is very dangerous - and illegal - to keep them as pets.

"Before you know it, it gets unmanageable and what do they do? They go to our local lakes and rivers and they let it go," said Daniel Marchand with the society.

"This is something most likely those officers will remember for the rest of their career," Glover added.

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