A 31-year-old man accused of stealing a lemur from the San Francisco Zoo last year has been ordered released from custody, but told to stay away from the zoo.
Cory McGilloway made his first court appearance Tuesday after he was arrested last October for the theft of Maki the lemur, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The 21-year-old male lemur was discovered missing in October. Investigators found evidence of a forced entry to the lemur enclosure. A day later Maki was spotted in Daly City, a few miles south of San Francisco. The animal was in good health and transported back to the zoo.
Judge Michael McNaughton ordered McGilloway to follow probation terms he received in a separate case as he awaits trial on burglary, grand theft and vandalism charges.
At Tuesday’s hearing, McGilloway told the judge he was on probation out of Los Angeles County.
The Chronicle cited court records that indicate that prosecutors in LA County charged McGilloway last month on two counts of battery for a Sept. 3 incident, a little more than a month before he came up north and allegedly stole the lemur. That case is still pending.