An alligator crawling across the parking lot of a supermarket in Baldwin Tuesday night was captured after an alert shopper saw the reptile and called Nassau police, authorities said.
Officers responded at about 7:51 p.m. to the lot at 1764 Grand Ave. They controlled the alligator and held it while waiting for the Nassau Emergency Services Unit, police said. The reptile was placed in a cage and officers with the unit were locating a wildlife expert Tuesday night, police said.
The Mastic Beach gator was about 2 1/2 feet long and weighed between 3 and 4 pounds, Suffolk police said. Suffolk officers soon were able to tape the alligator's mouth taped shut before it was taken to a Shirley pet store. Officials said eventually that gator was to be moved to Jungle Bob's in Centereach.