Deputies: Florida man stole monkeys

Estranged wife leads officials into home; animal cages found

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Guy Moraski

BUNNELL, Fla. - A Bunnell man was arrested on Wednesday on charges of grand theft and the cultivation of marijuana.

Guy Moraski, 58, is accused of growing marijuana, but he told deputies that it wasn't for personal use and not for distribution; deputies said there was no evidence he sold the drugs, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Moraski also was accused of stealing Tamarin monkeys and a harlequin macaw.

Frank Calabria, 57 of Ocala, told deputies he loaned the two animals to Moraski in 2008 for breeding purposes with an agreement of splitting the offspring evenly.

Moraski's estranged wife called Calabria in September stating that the animals were sold, deputies said.

Moraski's estranged wife was the one who led a Deputy Dennis Lashbrook to the household on Sept. 9 when a temporary injunction for domestic violence was served and the deputy noticed several bird and monkey cages.

A Flagler County Sheriff's deputy went to Moraski's home on Sept. and asked about the animals. He told the deputy that the animals were sold by he and his wife about four years ago, according to the police report.

Deputies also noticed a small amount of cannabis, when Moraski told deputies that he was growing marijuana on the property. Nineteen plants were found on his property, ranging in size from small to adult plants.

Moraski was booked into the Flagler Count Inmate Facility and later released on bond.

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