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‘Swamp Brothers’ stars say rare white gator stolen, 43 reptile killed in Florida sanctuary arson fire

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of structure fire at SW 52nd Terr, in Bushnell, Florida, on 22 June 2018.

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Brothers Robbie and Stephen Keszey, who starred in the 2011 reality TV show “Swamp Brothers” on Discovery Channel, begging fans to keep an eye out for a rare white alligator they believe was stolen during a suspected arson attack on their Florida reptile sanctuary.

Sumter County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire at Animal Crossings of Florida, Inc., in Bushnell Friday night.

“I tried to grab the door and it was so hot, that I obliged my hand. I let it go and the flames shoot out of the metal on the side,” Robbie told Fox 35. “All I could think was:” Oh my God, all my little animals!””

After the fire was contained, officials searched the building and discovered a “total loss.”

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A Leucistic alligator with the name Snowball is missing after a suspected burglary, arson at a Florida reptile sanctuary.

(Facebook/Sumter County Sheriff’s Office-Florida)

A Leucistic alligator with the name Snowball was missing and 43 other reptiles, both alligators and crocodiles — were found dead.

“The State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and is investigating the cause of the fire which at this time appears to be arson,” the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said in an online statement Monday. “On the basis of the data observed at the scene, it turns out that the building was broken into first, and then set on fire after the theft of the rare alligator.”

Robbie and Stephen informed the police messages on social media Monday, with the question of their 42,000 followers to “help [them] find Snowball.”

The post is shared by more than 1,540 people as of Tuesday evening. Dozens of locals comment on the post to offer their condolences.

“That’s terrible… sorry to hear this,” a Facebook user wrote.

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“Why would someone do that! People like this really disgust me,” another added.

“This exceeds all my heart, so saddened by this! Prayers they find the Snowball and the bad guys,” a woman said.

Leucistic alligators are incredibly rare. According to Gatorland in Orlando, there are only 12 known in the world of today.”

Anyone with information about the case or with knowledge of the reptiles whereabouts are asked to call Sumter County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Merritt on 352-793-2621 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

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