Santa Fe College Police arrested a man Tuesday on charges that he stole at least seven animals missing from the college’s zoo and stored them in his Gainesville apartment, according to WGFL-TV.
Sedrick T. Price, 20, faces a charge of grand larceny, according to the TV report.
College police and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said three box turtles, two red-foot tortoises, a skink and a squirrel monkey were all recovered from Price’s place at the Crossings at Santa Fe Apartments.
A total of 11 animals were reported stolen from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo within the past two weeks. Police said a tip led them to Price’s apartment and zoo employees and students helped identify the missing animals. Police are still looking for four more missing animals, according to WGFL-TV’s Gainesville 4 News.
"We have made an arrest in the case of the missing animals," Santa Fe College police Capt. Ryan Woods said in a statement. Price "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."
Of the four animals still missing, two have medical conditions which require attention, according to zoo officials.
"Thankfully, the police received a tip that led to the recovery of the animals," said Jonathan Miot, the director of the college’s teaching zoo. "We are still hopeful that the two gopher tortoises and two box turtles who need medical attention are recovered."
Anyone with information about the still-missing animals was asked to call the Santa Fe College Police Department at (352) 395-5519.