Prosecutors: Lynx theft suspect worked at petting zoo

WHIPSNADE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 16: European Lynx shelter in their cave from the wind and rain and cuddle up after the hot weather at ZSL zoo on September 16, 2016 in Whipsnade, England. . PHOTOGRAPH BY Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Tony Margiocchi/ Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man suspected in the theft of two Siberian lynx cubs from a petting zoo in southeastern Wisconsin said he was quitting his zoo job and had tried to give the cubs to someone else.

Town of Delavan Police Chief Raymond Clark says the 58-year-old Delavan man who was arrested Thursday faces charges of being party to theft of the animals. But the prosecutor’s office says a criminal complaint has not been filed.

Assistant Walworth County District Attorney Matthew Leusink told The Janesville Gazette  the man recently told Animal Gardens he was quitting his job and moving back to West Virginia.

Leusink said a woman returned the 7-week-old cats to Animal Gardens on Wednesday after seeing in the news they had been stolen. The woman said the suspect had offered her the cats if she wanted them.

The suspect was released on a $10,000 signature bond Friday.

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