SHIRLEY - Police say another abandoned alligator has been captured on Long Island, marking the fifth gator to be caught in just nine days. The latest alligator was found in a Rubbermaid container in the Applebees parking lot on Montauk Highway in Shirley. The 3-foot reptile was discovered at around 1:30 a.m., officials say. The first alligator was found on a residential lawn a few miles away in Mastic Beach. Days later, another gator was captured at a golf course in Wading River. Then, last Tuesday and Wednesday, two more were found within 24 hours of each other near a supermarket on Grand Avenue in Baldwin. Although it's illegal to have alligators in New York state, wildlife officials say they're easy to buy online and have delivered when they're still tiny hatchlings. Investigators say they think the gators that have been captured became too large and unmanageable, and were simply dumped. However, officials with the Suffolk SCPA say they don't believe just one person is responsible for dumping all five of the creatures. The SCPA is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the latest instance. They say the reptile was found in an area frequented by children and families, and the gator could have easily injured someone. Anyone with information is urged to call the SCPA at 631-382-7722.SPCA seeks person who abandoned alligators on LIWhat would you name the Long Island gators?Fourth alligator turns up on Long Island3rd alligator turns up on Long Island