A court has ordered the release from custody of a 31-year-old man accused of stealing a lemur from the San Francisco Zoo last year but the suspect has been told to stay away from the zoo.
Cory McGilloway made his first court appearance Tuesday after his arrest last October for the theft of the lemur.
The 21-year-old male lemur, Maki went missing in October. Investigators discovered evidence of a forced entry to the animal‘s enclosure.
A day later the lemur was spotted in Daly City, a few miles south of San Francisco. Maki was in good health and transported back to the zoo.
Judge Michael McNaughton ordered McGilloway to follow probation terms he received in a another 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.
Court records indicate that prosecutors in LA County charged McGilloway last month on two counts of battery for a September 3 incident, a little more than a month before he came up north and allegedly stole the lemur. That case is pending hearing.