GAINESVILLE, Florida — A 20-year-old Florida has been arrested after cops found seven animals that had been stolen from a nearby zoo in his home.
Sedrick Price, who lives in a Gainesville apartment complex not far from where the animals were stolen, was found with seven of the 11 animals that disappeared from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo in late May.
“He was arrested for his involvement in the case and is charged with grand theft. Our investigation is continuing, and we are still concerned for the safety of the missing animals and we hope we are able to recover them quickly,” said Sante Fe College Police Capt. Ryan Woods.
Four animals — two gopher tortoises and two box turtles — were taken from the zoo on May 23. Seven more animals, including three more box turtles, two red foot tortoises, a skink and a squirrel monkey, were taken on May 30, school officials said.
Cops were led to Price’s home after receiving a tip that the animals might be there. Investigators were able to recover seven animals, three box turtles, two red-foot tortoises, a skink and a squirrel monkey from Price’s home.
Six of the rescued animals had been taken in the second burglary and one box turtle had been taken during the earlier theft.
Zoo officials said they remain deeply concerned about the animals that remain missing as some need medication.
Cops say more arrests are possible, and they are hopeful they can recover the remaining four animals.