Pet monkey stolen from Missouri woman in GJ parking lot

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email
Thief takes off with pet monkey after robbing a woman at a hotel.

Photo Courtesy: GJPD

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) A Missouri woman is without her pet monkey after being robbed by a man Monday morning.

The woman, from Missouri, met the man in the parking lot of the La Quinta Inn on Crossroads Boulevard. She had previously agreed to sell him the monkey, but the deal went sour.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department, the man sprayed the woman in the face with pepper spray, grabbed the pet carrier containing the monkey, and took off on foot. They are unsure if he entered a vehicle, or which direction he was heading.

The woman described the suspect as a middle-eastern male, 35 to 40 years old, 5' 5" tall, thin build, with a short beard. He was wearing glasses, a blue shirt, and possibly a vest.

The monkey is a black cap Capuchin, and it is illegal to possess this type of animal in Colorado.

If anyone saw anything suspicious in this area Monday morning, or has more information about this incident, please call (970)-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at (970)-241-STOP.

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