The two men were arrested after a complaint from a lawyer who told authorities how they surrounded him, with the help of macaques, to extract the equivalent of several tens of euros.
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Two men accused of using monkeys to steal money have been arrested in New Delhi (India), Indian police announced on Saturday (April 10th). The duo were arrested after a man, a lawyer, complained to police officers that three men with macaques surrounded them and robbed them of 6000 rupees (67.50 euros) on the streets of the capital, an official told AFP.
“The victim was in a motorized rickshaw, the men got on board and asked a monkey to sit in the front seat, another in the back., detailed the person in charge, which prevented the victim from getting out of the vehicle. They took the money the lawyer had in his wallet and ran away with the monkeys. “
Police suspected a gang to be behind other similar attacks and a team has been specially created to search for those responsible, finally arrested Thursday at a bus stop, along with their furry accomplices. The third suspect was nevertheless able to escape as the monkeys were dropped off at an animal rescue center.
Across the country, authorities are faced with the threat posed by monkeys, mainly macaques, in major cities, where they do not hesitate to enter homes in search of food. But according to a law of 1972, it is forbidden to capture them.