Baby monkeys stolen from exotic pet store
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ” Two baby marmosets that were stolen from an exotic pet store have been found safe, and two Kentucky teenagers were charged in the theft, authorities say.
The monkeys were taken from the Exotic Pet Center in Sevierville early Thursday but were found in Maryville, about 30 miles west, authorities said Monday.
An 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both from Kentucky, are charged with felony theft and felony burglary. The monkeys were found in their car by Maryville police, who had been questioning the teenagers on an unrelated matter.
One of the monkeys, a common marmoset, has a retail price of about $2,800. The other, a rarer Geoffrey’s marmoset, could bring up to $4,500. They appeared to be in good health.
The monkeys are both females born in captivity. One was about 7 weeks old, the other about 9 weeks old, said Gilbert Perez, owner of the pet store.