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Alligator eats thief alive as he was running away from police

By Mason White 2:51 PM December 8, 2015
Matthew Riggins 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A thief who was running away from the police, was eaten and killed by an 11-foot-long alligator near a lake, police in Florida said.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said that officers found the dead body of Matthew Riggins, in the Barefoot Bay Lake.

They also found the alligator and recovered Riggins’ remains from inside the reptile’s stomach.

According to the police investigation, Riggins told his girlfriend on Friday, that he and another man were going to break into houses.

A homeowner called police after seeing the two men looking at houses on Royal Palm Boulevard. When police officers arrived at the scene, the two men fled on foot.

Riggins ran into a wooded area and was never found. Riggins was reported missing the next day when he did not return home.

Police searched the area and found Riggins’ body in the lake.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers captured the alligator and killed it. During a forensic examination of the alligator, Riggins’ remains were found inside its stomach.