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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

Indiana Township police issued an unusual BOLO on Friday: They'd like residents to be on the lookout for an alligator.

Sgt. Tim Michael said the alligator was spotted twice this month in the Rural Ridge neighborhood, most recently on Tuesday in a Little Deer Creek Road resident's back yard.

One report indicated the reptile may be about three feet long, but police aren't certain of the size, Michael said.

The only other sighting came from a passing driver who saw the gator on Crawford Run Road on Aug. 10 near Little Deer Creek.

Michael said no police officers have seen the alligator.

Michael said officials from both the Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center in Penn Hills and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium have offered to take the alligator, but police must catch it first.

Anyone who sees the alligator is asked to call township police at 412-767-5333 or 911.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or

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