“Officers arrived on scene and discovered forced entry to the animal enclosure where the lemur was housed,” authorities said.
The zoo later posted on social media asking for the public’s help and put up a $2,100 reward for anyone who could help out with the search.
Thank you for your supportive messages during this difficult time. At this time, we do not have any updates about Maki and we are very concerned. We’re offering a $2,100 reward, $100 for every year Maki has lived, for any information leading to his recovery. pic.twitter.com/L96OZiTCKj
The lemur was found safe a day later by James Trinh, a kindergartner at Hope Lutheran Day School. He was the first person to spot Maki in the school’s parking lot while he was being picked up by his mother, ABC7 News reported.
This is IT folks!
The moment young James spotted Maki, the missing San Francisco Zoo lemur, in the parking lot of his Daly City school.
Watching James and his Mom freak out w/excitement and call over the other families is the BEST!
After spotting the animal, Trinh immediately called his friends, and their parents also followed. Everyone watched Maki, who wandered around the yard and eventually took shelter in a playhouse.
The parents called animal control and the Daly City police to report the sighting.
We found Maki, the stolen lemur from @sfzoo!! Around 5pm, we got a report he was in the playground area of the Hope Lutheran Church. We contained him until staff from the zoo took him back home. Here is Officer Haas with Maki.
In addition to Maki’s safe return in his enclosure, police were also able to take the man connected to the burglary into custody.
What a relief to have Maki safe at home! We wanted to share this vid of Maki just after his rescue last night. We’re so grateful for the swift work by @SFPD to arrest his abductor, which they announced today. pic.twitter.com/ixpi4gQaiH
However, authorities only found his connection to the stolen lemur after they looked into his phone and discovered several pictures of Maki.
“We don’t believe in a lot of coincidences in police work, so they put two and two together,” San Rafael police Lt. Dan Fink said.
McGilloway, who is currently held in Marin County, is set to be transferred to San Francisco to be booked for burglary, grand theft of an animal, looting and vandalism charges. It is still unclear why he broke into the San Francisco Zoo and took Maki from its enclosure.
SF Zoo Director Tanya Peterson stated they are giving the $2,100 reward to the Hope Lutheran school and offering Trinh’s family a lifetime zoo membership.
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