In April 2018, John Owen Casford made headlines in New Zealand with his attempted break-in at Wellington Zoo. Where entering the enclosure proved to be a breeze for him, the romantic Casford then ventured to jump over an electric fence so he could escape the enclosure with the gift for his girlfriend. However, it did not go as planned at all. During the jump, Casford let the monkey fall, after which he fell eight meters himself, breaking his leg and losing his teeth on the hard concrete floor of the compound, writes the Daily Mail.
The monkey was traumatized and Casford managed to escape in time before the police arrived. His attempted burglary did not go unpunished for long. Police found him a day later tripping over on a shopping spree with the girlfriend he had done his best for.
Apparently, that wasn’t the only crime the monkey thief had committed. He was jailed for two years and seven months on probation for the burglary at a zoo, as well as for several past violent crimes.
The relationship did not survive the robbery and jail time. Casford tried to get his ex-girlfriend back with a serenade during a performance on the New Zealand television show New Zealand Today. Here he also told his story about the monkey flight.
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