In a twist on the famous phrase coined by Mae West, "Is that an alligator in you pocket or are just happy to see me?" a man in St. Louis is caught on camera stealing alligators by stuffing them in his shorts.

The thief, when confronted by the exotic pet store clerk who saw a baby alligator crawl out the man's pocket, told the clerk he had brought the alligator in the store with him. The store's surveillance tape shows the man stuffing the alligators in his pocket.

According to the store clerk, baby alligators aren't typically aggressive. Too bad, it would have been an appropriate punishment if the alligator bit the thief right where it counts.