Croc calls swamp police
POLICE charged a second wom- an with stealing a crocodile yes- terday as the hunt for the missing Rocky Zoo reptile sparked a na- tional media frenzy.
On his first week on the job in the beef capital, Detective Ser- geant Paul Elliot appealed for public help as police searched for more accomplices and the croc.
It was a busy day for Detective Sergeant Elliot who fielded about 30 calls from the nation's media.
It is believed the 1.2m freshwa- ter croc was stolen from its enclo- sure early on Saturday morning.
Zoo staff failed to notice the reptile was missing until Tuesday.
On Monday, they were busy dealing with an eastern brown snake which was found in the wombat's enclosure.
None of the wombats was bitten and the snake was removed.
Detective Elliot said the theft of the crocodile was bizarre.
"In my 15 years in policing I have never been involved in a (case of a) stolen crocodile,'' De- tective Elliot, who arrived from Bundaberg, said.
He said the motive for the theft was unknown.
"The people we have spoken to already can't enlighten us on a motive, they can't say what the reason for taking it was or whether there was any finan- cial gain,'' Detective Elliot said.
Two 20-year-old women have now been summonsed to ap- pear at the Rockhampton Mag- istrates Court on April 14 charged with stealing.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Rockhampton police on 4932 1500.