Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Second Stolen Monkey Returned To Owner, Suspect Wanted

stolen monkeysSt. Cloud police are searching for a man they say stole two marmoset monkeys off the porch of a St. Cloud home earlier this month.

Both monkeys -- Lola and Tequila -- have been returned to their owner and appear to be in good health.

Detectives think Kevin James Henault, 25, who does not have a permanent address but lives in the St. Cloud area, is responsible for taking the monkeys April 12 from a home on Ohio Avenue. Sgt. Boyd Graham said police are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Henault on multiple counts of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and burglary.

Graham said police received a call about 4:40 a.m. April 12 from a person, who was residing at the Ohio Avenue home while the homeowner was out of town, and said the monkeys and their large case were missing.

The theft was featured on the news, and on Wednesday, a man came forward and told police he bought one of the monkeys for $250 from a man he met at the lakefront in St. Cloud. The monkey was returned to its owner, Liz Douglas.

Then, on Friday, another person came forward and told police he bought a monkey from Henault and thought it may be one of the stolen marmosets featured on the news. That monkey was also returned to Douglas.

As police investigated, they realized the first man who came forward to return the monkey was Henault's brother, Graham said. He admitted he lied to police, but it is unclear if he knew the monkey was stolen.

Anyone with information about Henault's whereabouts are asked to call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS or St. Cloud police at 407-891-6799. Henault is also wanted for separate case being investigated by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

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