By Robert Gearty
Published June 01, 2019
A large alligator was nabbed after breaking into a Florida home in the middle of the night.
Clearwater police caught the 11-foot gator red-handed Friday—right in the middle of Mary Wicshhusen’s kitchen.
“He got my red wine—the good stuff,” homeowner Wicshhusen told Fox 13 Tampa.
The creature broke through a ground-level window around 3:30 a.m.
Wicshhusen heard a noise, went to check and then ran back into her bedroom, closed the door and called 911.
“I’m sorry, it is in your kitchen?” the 911 dispatcher asked, according to the station.
“Yes, okay it’s huge,” Wicshhusen replied.
“It’s in your kitchen?”
Moments earlier a woman delivering newspapers called 911 to say there was a thrashing alligator right outside Wicshhusen’s house.
“If that owner wakes up there's going to be in big problem because it’s right there in front of the door,” she said, according to Fox 13.
Police said during the apprehension, the gator, who suffered minor cuts, knocked over a wine case, breaking several bottles.
He was brought out the same way he got in and was headed to a private location to recover from the "traumatic experience," they said. His next stop after that could be a private farm if he is deemed "a good candidate for relocation."