Police arrest two but ‘buyer’ is absconding
The Police confirm that two persons suspected of stealing four black monkey cubs from the Attidiya Wildlife Centre on September 09 had been arrested on Tuesday (19) by the Mt. Lavinia Police various complaints department. Police say that these 2 suspects are between 25-30 years old and reside in the Wattala, Hendela area. It has been revealed during the questioning of the suspects that they entered the reception centre on the night of September 09 stole four black monkey cubs and sold them for Rs. 120,000 to a person who resides in Wattala, Uswetakeiyawa. According to Police, the buyer apparently has fled the area.
The Police say that this investigation is being conducted following a complaint made by the Attidiya Wildlife Centre.
It has also been revealed that black monkey cubs have been stolen on four previous occasions too and that a special Police team is investigating what has happened to the main culprit who fled the area and the situation of the stolen black monkey cubs, the Police said.