Tall tail? Florida man tells cops he broke into a house because he was being chased by ALLIGATORS
- Bryan Berkley, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida, has been charged with one count of car burglary, grand theft and two counts of criminal mischief
- Upon being asked why he broke into a house, he told them he was thirsty after being chased by alligators
- Deputies apprehended him as he allegedly tried to break into a truck
Bryan Berkley, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida now faces four charges including grand theft and breaking into an empty vehicle
A man has been arrested after allegedly claiming that he broke into a house because alligators were chasing him.
Bryan Berkley, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida, has been charged with one count of car burglary, grand theft and two counts of criminal mischief.
The man was found by Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies while allegedly breaking into a truck and causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage to promotional brochures, according to Fox4Now.
When questioned, Berkley claimed that he earlier broke into a house on Emilia Lane in Naples because alligators were chasing him and he was trying to get a drink of water.
Berkley who faces four charges is now in jail after the incident on Tuesday evening
He allegedly went into the kitchen inside the home and was told to leave by the owners, when he walked away it’s claimed he grabbed a container of ice from the refrigerator.
Since the incident on Tuesday he is now in jail facing two felony charges of burglary and grand theft, and two misdemeanors of criminal mischief. He has a $37,000 bond.
Of the five million alligators in America, 1.25 million live in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, according to conservation group Defenders of Wildlife.
Their diet mainly consists of fish, turtles, various mammals, birds and reptiles.
On social media, people aired skepticism about the man’s story, with Jamie Kasten commenting on Facebook: ‘Seems legit…’
Another user, Nicole Marie wrote: ‘I could see this happening……….glad he’s safe and was able to get away.’
Others were more concerned: ‘People like this are out there running loose-scary,’ wrote Linda Briden Spies.
Collier County Sheriff deputies claim Berkley told them he broke into the house because he was being chased by alligators and wanted a glass of water