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Picture this: a pole dancer (with pole), a pot growing operation, two alligators and a failed driveway ambush. Just another day on the job for the Thurston County (Washington) Sheriff’s Department. According to, “Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said that at one point a detective compared the scene to a Hollywood film.” When the lucky LEOs responded to a report of shots fired at a home south of Olympia, they came upon the whole Fellini-esque scene . . .

Investigators were greeted by a 41-year-old man who lives at the home. The man said he had opened fire in self-defense after someone tried to run him over outside his home, Elwin said.

Except that’s not really what happened. But given probable cause, the deputies searched the joint. And that’s when things got interesting.

While inside the home, investigators found a floor to ceiling brass pole and talked to an exotic dancer, Elwin said. When detectives tried to walk into another room they were met by two five-foot long alligators hissing at them from the floor.

“They were there for protection for the marijuana grow area. They were just crawling around on the floor,” Elwin said. The detectives immediately shut the door.

Good move, boys. But the man of the house was pretty accommodating as far as wrangling the reptiles was concerned.

The 41-year-old suspect, who was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, offered to help the detectives corral his gators. He managed to get them into a nearby bathroom where they were left in the water-filled bathtub. Because it wasn’t clear how long the alligators would be there, they were left with some raw chicken parts to gnaw on, Elwin said.

At least the two ganja guardians will have something to satisfy their inevitable case of the munchies. Never a dull day on the force, huh?

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  1. Another strange one ‘for the books’ in Washington. I’m so glad that I live south in Portland which isn’t weird or anything.

  2. Hey Dan, where is the link to pics for the pole dancer?? Thought Robert taught you guys how to do that!! 😉
    Man you know those cops are still scratching their heads over that one!!

  3. I’m not sure how to phrase this without sounding condescending (which is probably an indication that it is condescending, but oh well), but I want to point out that the officers did not shoot the reptiles. I’m shocked, because I’m not sure if I’d have the same reaction. Big-ass reptiles tend to get a rather primal reaction, methinks.

    Kudos to the officers for keeping their heads in a royally warped situation.

      • Nah. 2 cases of Lays Honey BBQ chips and 2 cases of Boones Farm Strawberry Hill Wine, and a bunch of old B&W sci fi movies!!!

      • Wow, I just gagged lol. I guess if you ate things alive and your mouth and nose were submerged in a swamp, clam-dip-oreos would be pretty good after a hit from the hooka.

  4. Picture this: a pole dancer (with pole), a pot growing operation, two alligators and a failed driveway ambush.

    You’ve been reading Carl Hiaasen again, haven’t you?


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