Cops had a search warrant for a home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and found guns (two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun—and the sundry ammo and a set of brass knuckles) plus some drugs (marijuana and pills). But there was also something very special: A three-foot long alligator.

Police arrested Michael Volpe, 32, and Alisa Volpe, 25 and charged them with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and harboring a prohibitive animal. The couple's upstairs neighbor told the Daily News, "You never know who you’re living with. This alligator thing is bugging me out. ... I never heard an alligator down there!"


Another neighbor told the NY Times, "The kids that hang out there are not a good crowd. But an alligator? Why would you want an alligator in your basement?" The real question is, Why wouldn't you want an alligator in your basement—it'd totally eat the rats!