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Police holding suspect in theft of Maki the lemur from San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco Chronicle

Police holding suspect in theft of Maki the lemur from San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco police said Friday they have identified a man suspected of taking Maki the lemur from the San Francisco Zoo.

San Rafael police had Cory McGilloway, 30, in custody Thursday in an unrelated criminal investigation, when he was identified as a suspect in the animal theft, said Lt. Scott Ryan, head of the San Francisco Police Department’s burglary unit.

San Francisco police said they have secured an arrest warrant for McGilloway. Once released from the Marin County jail, he will be transferred to San Francisco County jail and face charges for theft of Maki.

Maki, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur that vanished from the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, was found in a Daly City playground on Thursday and taken back to his enclosure by zoo officials, police said.

Daly City police officers responded to a report that Maki was in the Hope Lutheran Church playground at about 5 p.m. He was contained there until zoo officials scooped him up and returned him to his enclosure roughly five miles away at the zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat, police said.

Maki was “in good health” on Thursday, San Francisco police said. Officers from Animal Care and Control also responded to the scene, police said.

“We are grateful Maki is home safely!” Daly City police said.

San Francisco police said they believed Maki was taken from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat on Tuesday. Police have asked for the public’s help in locating the animal.

Police said they found evidence of “forced entry to the animal enclosure” where the endangered animal was housed.

Lauren Hernández is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @ByLHernandez

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