Update: Alleged animal thief arrested in Mount Albert
A lemur reported stolen from Elmvale Jungle Zoo last week has been found in Quebec, according to police.
In a post on Twitter Sunday (June 3), OPP said JC the lemur was located overnight in Quebec. The same post stated two males are facing charges.
A 21-year-old man from Ottawa, accused of stealing a tortoise, a lemur and a monkey from Elmvale Jungle Zoo on May 29 was arrested June 1.
Police say Alex Perlmutter was arrested in Mount Albert. Reports of his arrest came only hours after police released his name and photograph.
The other two animals have not yet been located. Police say updates will be provided as the ongoing investigation permits.
On May 29, at approximately 6:30 a.m., officers from the Huronia West Detachment of the OPP responded to a report of a break and enter at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo.
From the investigation that followed, police have determined that sometime overnight the person(s) responsible for this criminal act accessed the zoo by cutting a hole in a chain link fence. Police say the person(s) proceeded to steal three animals, including an 18-inch tortoise, a black and white Lemur and a black Gibbon monkey. The value of the stolen animals is more than $20,000.
Since this incident was reported to the OPP, detectives from the Huronia West OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the Lanark County Community Street Crime Unit, the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and the Ottawa Police Service have been following up on a number of tips and using a number of investigative resources. As a result, Perlmutter was identified as a suspect.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not be required to testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.