‘Teaching it a lesson’: Florida man arrested after being caught abusing stolen alligator

A 32-year-old Florida man was arrested after officers spotted him attempting to throw an alligator onto the roof of a cocktail lounge located off the highway.

The man stole the live gator from a miniature golf course and was attempting to ‘teach it a lesson’.

The Daytona Beach Shores law enforcement officers then saw the man take the alligator by its tail, hit it against the awning of the building, throw it to the ground and stomp on it twice.

The man from Homestead, Florida was taken into custody and charged with possession and injury of an alligator, unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling, theft and criminal mischief.

He is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

The man told officers that he had stolen the gator from an enclosure at a nearby miniature golf course.

The alligator was returned to George King, manager of the mini-golf course, who said the reptile is worth $300.

The condition of the repile remains unknown at this point of time.