‘Snowball’ gator thought to be stolen after fire

BUSHNELL, Fla. — A rare alligator was stolen amid an intentionally set fire that left more than 40 reptiles dead Friday night, Sumter County Sheriff’s investigators say.

Leucistic (snowball) alligator was stolen, deputies say

Gator disappeared after fire killed 43 gators, crocodiles

Officials believe building was intentionally set ablaze

In a news release Monday, deputies said they responded to a fire at Southwest 52nd Terrace in Bushnell at around 8:30 p.m. The fire destroyed the building.

After Sumter County Fire Rescue put out the fire, a person told authorities that a snowball alligator was missing and was last seen in the building at 11:30 a.m. that day.