BECKLEY, W. Va. (CBS 12) -- A lot of things get shoplifted in a lot of weird ways... but stuffing a baby alligator into your shirt seems like a bad idea.

Surveillance video clearly shows a man grabbing a 3-month-old gator from its cage and rolling it up in his shirt before walking out. Too bad he didn't stuff it in his shorts.

Employee Anthony Williams says he went to feed the reptile Tuesday morning and when he didn't see it, he realized this thing wasn't hiding under any rocks.

That's when they looked back on the video and recognized the suspect, who they say is a frequent customer and already owns an alligator.

He told the employee he came in for food and distracted her, looking around for some other things while a man in a green shirt did the dirty work.

"Doesn't seem like the safest thing to do," Williams said. "I'm just shocked. Every business has to deal with shoplifting, but I would just would not expect an alligator to be shoplifted."

Williams says even though it was a baby gator, he sure wouldn't put it under his shirt.

"I mean, I can imagine the boy probably got bit on the way out," Williams said. "It's just an awful strange thing to do."

Store owners say the gator was valued around $300.

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