South Baltimore couple charged in theft of monkey from Arundel home

February 05, 2005|By Josh Mitchell | Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF

When a Baltimore couple bought an exotic bird from Michelle and Brian Howard last month, they seemed more interested in the Howards' capuchin monkey.

But Janey was not for sale.

Police said the 48-hour search for Janey ended yesterday when officers found her in the couple's Southwest Baltimore home.

As the exotic monkey returned to the Howards, Anne Arundel County police issued arrest warrants for Kenneth Michael King, 25, and Wendy Michelle Ward, 30. Each faces charges of first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft of more than $500.

Police, who received a tip, found 8-month-old Janey in her kennel, holding her teddy bear.

"She was scared to death when they gave her to me," said Brian Howard, of Glen Burnie, who said the monkey was otherwise unharmed.

Brian Howard bought Janey, a 3-pound white-throated capuchin, for $7,000 in December as a Christmas gift for his wife. The couple also have an 8-year-old black wedge-cap capuchin.

On Wednesday the Howards came home to find their front door smashed in and Janey missing, along with her kennel.

Brian Howard said King and Ward noticed the monkey when they came to his home last month to buy an African gray parrot. "The bird was no longer the center of attention," Brian Howard said. "They were constantly asking questions about the monkey."

Neither King nor Ward could be reached for comment.

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