HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss.—A recent robbery of a Mobile, Ala. home ended with one member of the family missing.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
“There was a burglary and some items were taken included a lemur monkey,” said George County Detective Ben Brown.
Brown said the suspect, now identified as James Welborn, then took the monkey across state lines into Mississippi.
“Mr. Welborn took the monkey to his sister’s house in George County and left it there,” he said.
Two days later Welborn’s sister saw a reward for a missing monkey that resembled the one sitting in her house. It didn’t take her long to put two and two together and that James Welborn had stolen it.
“When he dropped the monkey off he told his sister a friend of his was being deployed to Afghanistan and he was keeping it until he could find a place to stay,” explained Brown.
Once the sister made Welborn take the stolen monkey out of her house he decided to try and ransom it for the reward money back to the family.
“He basically said I’ll bring your monkey back if you give me the cash reward.”
Police say his friend tried to set up a meeting at a gas station to show pictures of the furry friend to the rightful owner to prove they were serious. When the friend showed up the police arrested him on the spot and it was all down hill for the bandits at that point.
“Once the Mobile Police contacted me and could prove it was him [Welborn] I pressed charges on him for stolen property,” said Brown.
On Tuesday Mobile County Police made a traffic stop of Welborn, who had evidently crossed back over state lines, and they are now holding him for extradition back to Mississippi.
“That same evening we were able to reunify them [the owners] with their stolen monkey.”