A pet monkey has gone missing after being reported taken from a car in Maplewood on Tuesday night.
Officers responded to the Cub Foods on White Bear Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on complaints of a car theft, according to Maplewood Police. According to investigators, the monkey’s caretaker left her in the car while they went to the shop, and when they returned, the monkey had vanished.
According to the monkey’s owner, Zaurice Steward, the incident occurred while her two-year-old Capuchin monkey was being cared for by a family member.
“I felt like a failure as a parent, even though this didn’t happen while I was in charge,” Steward said. “I’m sure she’s scared.”
The monkey, called Coco Chanel, is on a special diet and requires particular care, according to Steward. She is concerned that the person who abducted her doesn’t know how to properly care for an unusual animal.
“I’m concerned for her safety,” she expressed her concern. “You can look up some things on the internet, but you have to know who she is.”
Steward said she was alerted of a probable sighting of Coco Chanel at the Maplewood Mall on Wednesday, which gives her optimism that she is safe. She believes the guys who kidnapped her were motivated by money, so she’s already started fundraising for a reward.
“Simply get in touch with me. I’m prepared to pay for my child. All I want is for her to come back to me.”
While it is unlawful in Minnesota to have a monkey as a pet, Steward presently resides in Wisconsin, where it is permissible.