Alligator's eyes gouged out during vandalism at Florida food store

4-foot gator had to be euthanized because of injuries

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor
Martin County Sheriff's Office

The Martin County Sheriff's Office is trying to find the vandal or vandals who broke into a food store and gouged out the eyes of an alligator.

INDIANTOWN, Fla. - Martin County Sheriff's Office detectives are searching for whoever broke into a food store and gouged out the eyes of an alligator on the property.

The incident was reported earlier this week at Del Monte Foods on Southwest Kanner Highway in Indiantown.

Detectives said the vandals kicked out a metal panel in a door, cut an electrical outlet, removed a fire extinguisher from the outside barn and sprayed foam on a large piece of farm equipment. They also turned on the outdoor water faucets, causing flooding near the entrance, and wrote graffiti on portable toilets.

But the vandals weren't done yet. They then blinded a 4-foot gator that they found on the property, gouging out the reptile's eyes with an unknown object, officials said.

The gator, which also had cut marks on its back, had to be euthanized because of the injuries.

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