Activist named in alligator theft case calls it ludicrous

Lee-Anne Butler

THE Port Elizabeth woman implicated in the alleged theft of an alligator from the McLaren Circus has laughed off the allegations as ludicrous.

Walmer sales consultant Taryn Coates said yesterday she found it ridiculous that a circus employee named her in his police statement after the alligator went missing from its enclosure on December 31.

It was found alive three days later in a stormwater drain not far from the circus site, but it is still unclear how it disappeared from its cage.

“I find it quite amusing that they think it was me. I first heard rumours last week that I had been named in a police statement. I went to the police station on Thursday and asked for a copy of the statement. I received it on Friday and saw that I was named,” she said.


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