Dallas Man Charged With Stealing Two Monkeys From Zoo Says He'd Do It Again (UPDATE)

A 24-year-old man has been charged for allegedly taking two emperor tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo, which were later found in a vacant home.

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UPDATED 2/8, 1 p.m. ET: The 24-year-old Texas man who was arrested last week for allegedly stealing two monkeys from the Dallas Zoo says he’d do it again.

ABC affiliate WFAA-TV reports Davion Irvin told police he loves animals and that “if he’s released from jail, he would steal more.”

Irvin remained in jail on Tuesday on $25,000 bond. 

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A man has been arrested and charged for taking two monkeys from the Dallas Zoo.

The Associated Press reports that 24-year-old Davion Irvin was hit with six counts of animal cruelty, per local police. His bail has been set at $25,000, jail records show. Irvin was charged for three counts per monkey for unsuitable habitat, abandonment, and injury to animal, according to TMZ.

He was apprehended at the Dallas World Aquarium after police received a tip, identifying him as the man from zoo surveillance footage. In the clip, he can be seen eating a bag of Doritos.

The missing emperor tamarin monkeys—named Bella and Finn—were discovered in the closet of an abandoned house. 

The monkeys were stolen amid a few odd incidents. Other animals’ enclosure fences were cut open, which led to a small leopard name Nova escaping. She was later found close to her cage. The enclosures for langur monkeys were also tampered with, though the animals appeared to be safe. Additionally, an endangered lappet-faced vulture named Pin was found dead.

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