Sirens & Gavels

Drunk men take dead gator off-roading

This undated photo provided by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department via the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, on Thursday, July 7, 2011, shows a 14-foot-long stuffed alligator at the Livingston County Sheriff's Department, in Howell, Mich. The flattened and preserved reptile is at the center of possible legal action against three area men charged with it's theft and subsequent display on a Ford pickup at a nearby mud-bogging party. (AP Photo/Livingston County Sheriff's Department via the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus) ((AP Photo/Livingston County Sheriff's Department via the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus))
This undated photo provided by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department via the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, on Thursday, July 7, 2011, shows a 14-foot-long stuffed alligator at the Livingston County Sheriff's Department, in Howell, Mich. The flattened and preserved reptile is at the center of possible legal action against three area men charged with it's theft and subsequent display on a Ford pickup at a nearby mud-bogging party. (AP Photo/Livingston County Sheriff's Department via the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus) ((AP Photo/Livingston County Sheriff's Department via the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus))

 The flattened and preserved reptile is at the center of possible legal action against three Michigan men charged with its theft and subsequent display on a Ford pickup at a nearby mud-bogging party

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three intoxicated men stole a 14-foot flattened and preserved alligator, strapped it to a pickup truck and took it off-roading.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports that 55-year-old Douglas Ward of Linden, 60-year-old Roy Griffith of Linden and 53-year-old John Sanborn of Harrison are charged with breaking and entering.

The charges stem from a June 25 theft from a barn in Hartland Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. Sheriff Bob Bezotte says the alligator's owner found tire tracks near his barn and followed them to a party in Deerfield Township where the men were driving their vehicles around in the mud.

The men are due in Livingston County District Court July 20.

The Associated Press sought comment from the men's defense lawyers Thursday morning.




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