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Three men were arrested Sunday night for trespassing at the San Francisco Zoo, less than two weeks after a squirrel monkey was stolen from a primate exhibit there, police said. Zoo security officials spotted the men at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday. The intruders told security that they had jumped a back gate to get into the zoo, according to police.
Police responded and arrested the men, only one of whom had identification. They were booked into county jail on suspicion of trespassing. Police did not say whether the incident was related to the discovery on Dec. 30 that vandals had cut a perimeter gate, climbed on top of a roof sheltering five primate exhibits and cut two holes in the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit.
One of the monkeys, 17-year-old Banana-Sam, was missing but was returned the next day by a man who said he had spotted the monkey in some bushes in Stern Grove and was able to coax the animal into his backpack. A $5,000 reward that was offered in the case is being withheld until police complete their investigation into the circumstances of Banana-Sam’s disappearance and return. Zoo officials were not immediately available for comment this morning on the latest incident.
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