Exotic Monkeys Stolen From Pet Store

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A little bit of monkey business has landed two northern Kentucky teens in big trouble.

Eighteen-year-old Jessica Fields of Butler and 19-year-old Luis Flecha of Covington have been charged with felony theft and burglary after allegedly stealing two baby marmoset monkeys from an exotic pet store in East Tennessee. The animals were taken from the Exotic Pet Center in Sevierville, Tennessee early Thursday morning.

The monkeys were found in Maryville, about 30 miles to the west.

One of the monkeys, a common marmoset, has a retail price of about 28-hundred dollars. The other, a rarer Geoffrey's marmoset, could bring up to 45-hundred dollars.

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