Quinn Kasbar, 19, has been identified as the suspect who allegedly stole 32-year-old Isaac — the oldest lemur in North America, from the Santa Ana Zoo, by the Newport Beach Police, according to CBS.
Kasbar is the serial burglar who targeted a number of unoccupied homes in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar last year, as previously reported by CBS.
Kasbar was previously known for surfing the infamous Wedge at Newport Beach – on an air mattress, as reported by ABC.
Kasbar was captured after security video showed a man in a hoodie dropping off a box with the endangered primate inside and a note saying “this belongs to the Santa Ana Zoo. It was taken last night. Please bring it to police.”
Apparently the Newport Beach police spoke to an individual who said that Kasbar had bragged to him that he had taken the lemur from the Santa Ana Zoo. The police later found evidence that proved this.
The Newport Beach Police passed the case on to the SAPD and they are now working with federal officials as stealing a lemur is a federal offense. They are an endangered species.
The Newport Beach police are also still pursing charges against Kasbar stemming from several burglaries on Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. While the police recovered some of those items they also found pictures on his phone of items that were never recovered.
Kasbar is set to appear at the state court in Newport Beach next month with regard to the burglary charges.