San Rafael police arrested a man they said stole a truck – and now he is being wanted for stealing by Maki, the San Francisco Zoo’s lemur, after officials said they had photos of the endangered animal on his Cell phone discovered.
30-year-old Cory McGilloway was suspected of Maki’s disappearance on Friday, just the day after he was arrested by San Rafael police in connection with the theft of a Marin Sanitary Service truck.
San Francisco police said they had received an arrest warrant for McGilloway. It’s the latest twist in the case of the missing Maki who banned the nation.
Maki was safely recovered from a playground in Daly City and brought back to the zoo on Thursday evening.
Upon his release from Marin County Jail, McGilloway will be transferred to San Francisco County Jail and charged with animal theft, burglary, looting and vandalism, Lt. Scott Ryan from the San Francisco Police Department on Friday.
San Rafael police received a report of a stolen truck near Anderson Drive Thursday evening around 1
Arrest officers asked to look at McGilloway’s phone and he agreed, Fink said, calling the request to look at a suspect’s phone “standard investigative procedures.”
Then the officers found pictures of Maki in the photos. McGilloway was booked into Marin County Jail for stealing the truck, and officials reported Maki’s photos to the San Francisco Police Department. Investigators from the San Francisco Police Department’s Burglary Department interviewed McGilloway in jail where he was staying Friday night.
In another bizarre twist of fate, one of the San Rafael officers who arrested McGilloway had taken his child to the zoo the day Maki’s disappearance was reported.
“There is no accident in police work,” said Fink.
The 21-year-old lemur was found near a preschool in Daly City on Thursday, just hours before McGilloway was taken into custody and two days after he disappeared from the Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat at the zoo.
Daly City police officers responded to reports of a lemur sighting in the Hope Lutheran Day School playground around 5 p.m. Thursday. Maki remained hidden in a house in the school playground until the vendors picked him up and took him back to the zoo about five miles away, police said.
Maki was “excited and dehydrated” but otherwise healthy Thursday after his brief sojourn on the run, said Tanya Peterson, the zoo’s executive director and president.
The ring-tailed lemur was monitored in isolation for a brief recovery period before returning to its peers in the tree-lined enclosure.
“It’s the perfect ending,” said Peterson.
Five-year-old James Trinh spotted an animal that looked like a maki in the school parking lot and brought it to his mother’s attention, who picked him up from school. James is familiar with lemurs from visits to the zoo, his father Sam Trinh said on Friday.
James’ mother and the school quickly called the Daly City Police Department, who alerted animal control and zoo officials.
Maki scurried from the parking lot to the school playground, where he took refuge in a miniature playhouse.
Soon after, officials from the zoo arrived. The assembled children, parents and teachers watched as caretakers lured the mistaken Maki into a transport cage – without the use of sedatives.
James and the other preschoolers received an unexpected extracurricular lesson while watching the rescue operation, headmistress Cynthia Huang said Friday afternoon.
“The best part is that they have a private show up close,” said Huang.
Zoo officials announced Friday that they would donate the $ 2,100 reward to the school as a thank you for Maki’s safe return. The reward is calculated at $ 100 for each year in Maki’s life.
For Huang, Maki’s performance at school was a rare moment of joy in an otherwise stressful time. Christian preschool recently returned to face-to-face teaching after months of virtual learning.
“We went back to school, but everything is so different for her,” she said. “I am so glad that something good happened to you.”
James “didn’t notice” his newfound fame for his role in Maki’s safe return, his father said.
“It was just a normal day for him,” he said.
Nora Mishanec is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @NMishanec