Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pet Monkeys Stolen From St. Cloud Home, One Returned

monkeys stolenSt. Cloud police are looking for the person who stole Liz Douglas' two marmoset monkeys from her home this weekend. Douglas' monkeys, Lola and Tequila, were taken from the back patio of her home on Ohio Avenue early Saturday morning, police said.

Douglas contacted the media Wednesday because she worried that the monkeys were not being fed properly. The thieves left the finicky animals' food at the house.

One of the monkeys was returned to Douglas late last night after man watching a late television newscast realized he'd bought one of the monkeys days earlier out of the back of a pick up truck, police said. The other monkey is still missing.

"He took a picture of the house on the TV screen and started driving up and down Ohio Avenue" until he found Douglas' house, said Sgt. Boyd Graham. "Kudos to him."

The monkeys were kept on the Douglas' back porch in a cage. Both animals and the cage were stolen, Graham said. The monkeys are worth an estimated $2,500 each, Graham said.

"They are skiddish and she is worried that they could bite or scratch someone," Graham said.

Police may have a lead on a suspect in the case, but would not go into detail because the investigation is on-going.

Story here.

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