Cops Searching House Make Unnerving Find in Basement

Man says he has had crocodile for years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 20, 2018 5:49 PM CST

(Newser) – Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement, the AP reports. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of historic military battles with period uniforms and antique weaponry. When they went down to the basement, they saw a crocodile resting in a small pool of water. The owner of the house explained that he got the crocodile years ago. City prosecutors said Friday they were checking whether the man was complying with local laws. (Read more crocodile stories.)

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