Belgian tax police catch crocs in snap raid
Belgian police investigating tax fraud found more than they bargained for in a German man's villa: a Ferrari, 11 live Nile crocodiles and an alligator.
The beasts were discovered behind concealed doors during a raid on the house of the 51-year-old man in the northwestern town of Damme near the Dutch border last week, the De Morgen newspaper reported.
The suspect, identified as Rolf D., told police the animals were given to him by a German veterinarian who said that he had found them in a deplorable condition and that they were supposed to be taken to a permanent refuge.
Belgian authorities, however, believe they were part of an animal trafficking scheme, De Morgen said.
The suspect was detained in custody as part of the tax fraud case. The animals, for their part, were left in the villa while a new home was found.
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