A number of snowbird returning to Melbourne ,FL to winter in the warm and welcoming sun and sea lifestyle discovered some, make that many, of their homes had been burglarized. As you might expect valuables in excess of $200,000 were purloined.

The Sheriffs Office immediately provided additional patrols and covert surveillance to catch the miscreants and bring them to the bar of justice.

One fine Florida evening, after being dropped off by his girlfriend and adorned in black clothing, he prowled the ‘hood looking for a score. Our hard luck anti-hero soon became reacquainted with deputies and took flight. Being of unsound mind and body he took refuge in a body of water know to area residents as barefoot lake. Not a good idea.

Also in residence at the lake is a gator…standard size as far as gators go. About 11 feet long and territorial to the MAX.

Whilst attempting to hide from the deputies the errant burglar came in contact with…that’s right, the resident gator. The rest is history. That’s right the gator apparently attacked the fugitive and the end result was a somewhat tasty meal and the demise of the violator.

Conservation officers later captured the gator and opened his stomach. Body parts consistent with the missing parts of num nuts, found earlier by Sheriff’s dive team members.

Moral of the story, well you can draw your own conclusions. The gator has been nominated for FL OFFICER OF THE YEAR. Get’s my vote…how ’bout you?

About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.
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