DESTIN, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Two spring breakers tried to steal alligators from a restaurant in the Florida Panhandle with raw chicken as bait, authorities say.
An employee of the Fudpucker's restaurant in Destin heard the students "yelling outside the gator area" early Tuesday morning and found one of them pulling up a rope, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.
Patrick Trice, a University of Alabama student, and Charles Liston, from the University of West Georgia, were booked into the Okaloosa County Jail for burglary to an occupied structure and larceny, both felonies.
The students, both 20 and from Carrollton, Ga., were in Destin on spring break with a group of friends, The (Panama City) News Herald reported.
"They had no intention of stealing gators," a friend told the Northwest Florida Daily News. "They were trying to hunt gators -- stupid stuff."
Deputies said Trice confessed he had been planning the heist all day and bought a rope and hooks.
A manager at Fudpucker's said the gators were worth $400 each.