Suspect arrested for theft of monkeys at Dallas Zoo

A suspect was arrested days after two emperor tamarin monkeys were stolen from the Dallas Zoo.

Davion Irvin, 24, was arrested and charged with six counts of animal cruelty.

The monkeys were stolen from their exhibit on Monday, January 30. They were found a day later, stashed inside a closet in an abandoned property.

The other cases at the zoo in recent weeks, including the sabotage of leopard and monkey exhibits and the death of an endangered vulture, are still under investigation.

Dallas Police said ‘further charges are possible’ for Irvin if he is found to be connected to those incidents.

Irvin was identified by members of a local church in Lancaster, Texas, who said he had previously attended services, local station WFAA reported.

The abandoned property the monkeys were found in was actually an old church that the congregation was trying to refurbish. Congregants told police that they had previously had break-ins at the property, after which they found after which they found small animals and birds.

Police released a photo of Irvin on Tuesday after reviewing surveillance footage of the seeming to inspect the fencing on exhibits at the Dallas Zoo. Later on the same day, they got a tip that he was seen again – this time at the Dallas Aquarium.

Dallas Police arrived at the aquarium, but Irvin was able to get on a DART train before they could detain him.

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