Police detain suspect in theft of monkey, lemur and tortoise from zoo
Alex Perlmutter is shown in a handout image from the OPP.
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Friday, June 1, 2018 5:17PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 1, 2018 8:45PM EDT
Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of a lemur, monkey and tortoise from a zoo north of Barrie, Ont. earlier this week.
The Elmvale Jungle Zoo in Springwater Township said that sometime overnight between Monday and Tuesday a thief cut through a chain-link fence near the zoo’s Flamingo pond to nab the animals, valued at $20,000.
“These animals aren’t animals,” Zoo employee Michel Persi said on Facebook earlier this week. “They’re our family.
The monkey, a Gibbon named Agnus, must be with her cousin named Gracey, zoo staff said.
Huronia West OPP said the suspect in the theft is Alex Perlmutter, 21, of Ottawa.
He was arrested in the town of Mount Albert in York Region on Friday night.
OPP Sgt. Peter Leon says the animals are still missing.