Florida Teen Charged in Zoo Theft

PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) — A Palm Beach, Fla., teenager has been charged with grand theft and burglary for allegedly stealing animals from the local zoo, police said.

The 17-year-old, whose name was not released, was arrested Friday night and two other people are under investigation, police told The Palm Beach Post.

Three squirrel monkeys, a Goeldi’s monkey and a Green-Cheeked Amazon parrot named Chalupa were stolen Thursday night by thieves who used bolt cutters to enter the Palm Beach Zoo, zoo spokesman Brian Crowley said.

After receiving anonymous tips, police found the monkeys and the bird in cages and plastic food containers in a shed behind an abandoned home, the Post reported.

The animals were stressed but were recovering quickly, zoo veterinarian Michele Miller said.

“The animals are all doing just wonderful,” she said.

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