From KERA News:
Police say they arrested a man in connection with a series of animal-related crimes at the Dallas Zoo, including the disappearance of two emperor tamarin monkeys and the release of a clouded leopard from its enclosure last month.
Davion Irvin, 24, was arrested and charged with six counts of animal cruelty to a non-livestock animal and two counts of burglary, according to police and zoo officials.
The arrest was made after a tip came in Thursday that 24-year-old Davion Irvin was seen inside the Dallas World Aquarium near some animal exhibits, according to the Dallas Police Department.
Officers responded and police say they saw Irvin board a DART rail. He was later spotted on Pacific Avenue downtown and taken to Dallas police headquarters for questioning, DPD said.
The monkeys were found Tuesday night after police received a tip that they were in an abandoned home in Lancaster. Hours earlier, police tweeted a photo of a man detectives said they were “looking to speak to” in connection with the monkeys’ disappearance. DPD did not confirm whether the man in that photo was Irvin.
Zoo officials said the monkeys, named Bella and Finn, were returned to the zoo with no injuries despite losing a bit of weight.
Mysterious Dallas Zoo incidents
The alleged monkey theft was just the latest in a series of mysterious animal-related incidents that zoo officials and police believed to be suspicious and possibly related.
The first took place on Jan. 13, when the zoo closed after a clouded leopard named Nova went missing. Though Nova was found safe hours later, police found what they said was an intentional cut in the fencing of the animal’s enclosure. They also determined someone had tampered with the enclosure of the zoo’s langur monkeys, though none escaped.
The following week, zoo employees found Pin, an endangered male lappet faced vulture, dead with an unnatural wound in its body.