ORONO, Maine — A Maine Maritime Academy student caught on video Saturday taking a lavender monkey, nicknamed “Nanners,” from his perch on a banana display at Circle K, turned himself in to police Thursday, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said.
Noah Tetu, 22, who lives in Penobscot, was charged with theft after being interviewed by detectives, the police captain said.
“He did not bring Nanners back,” Ewing said of the purple stuffed animal.
Tetu lost the purple primate later in the evening, but “We have information about where Nanners may be,” the police captain said.
A clerk in the MMA registrar’s office said Tetu is enrolled at the Castine school.
Tetu and another male MMA student, who also was interviewed by police and cleared of any charges, went into the Main Street store just after midnight Saturday. Tetu clearly can be seen in video surveillance images released by police. He was shown walking out of the store with the toy in his hands.
Police released images of the two men to the media, which helped in finding the law breaker, Ewing said.
The lavender monkey was purchased by the store’s manager about four years ago and has been hanging out in the store ever since, the police captain said.
“We are going to work on recovering Nanners,” Ewing said, adding that those holding the stuffed monkey captive could just return it.
“We wouldn’t ask any questions if he was returned,” the police captain said.