2 enter pleas in case of preserved alligator theft - WNEM TV 5

2 enter pleas in case of preserved alligator theft

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - 2 of 3 men who authorities say stole a 14-foot flattened and preserved alligator, strapped it to a pickup truck and took it off-roading have entered pleas in the case.

Douglas Ward, 55, of Linden pleaded no contest Friday in Livingston County Circuit Court to breaking and entering while 53-year-old John Sanborn of Harrison pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Sentencing is Nov. 10.

The case against 60-year-old Roy Griffith of Linden is pending.

The charges stem from a June 25 theft from a barn in Hartland Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

Authorities say the alligator's owner found tire tracks near his barn and followed them to a party in Deerfield Township where people were driving their vehicles around in the mud.

Authorities say the men were intoxicated.

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