OPP make arrest in Elmvale Jungle Zoo break-in and theft case

A lemur named JC, along with a tortoise and a gibbon, were reported stolen from Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Elmvale Jungle Zoo / Facebook

OPP have arrested 21-year-old Alex Perlmutter of Ottawa, in connection with a break-in and theft of animals from the Elmvale Jungle Zoo.

Police say the incident occurred on May 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Detectives from the Huronia West OPP detachment responded to a call from Elmvale Jungle Zoo. When they arrived on scene, zoo officials told officers that someone had cut a hole in a chain-link fence at the zoo, and proceeded to steal a lemur, tortoise and baby gibbon.

Alex Perlmutter.
Alex Perlmutter. OPP / Provided

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According to police, Perlmutter was arrested in Mount Albert.

Police say the animals have not yet been accounted for, and the investigation is ongoing.

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