Police say owner of Zany Zoo Pet Store tipped prostitute with bushbaby
EUGENE, Ore. (KVAL) - The Eugene Police Department says it recovered a stolen bushbaby from a prostitute. They say the owner of Zany Zoo Pet Store in Eugene used the bushbaby to tip the prostitute for her services.
According to EPD, Zany Zoo Pet Store reported burglaries on March 1 and March 6. They say stolen property included Girl Scout cookie money, a laptop computer and the primate, a Galago.
After investigating the case, police recovered the primate from an out-of-town prostitute on March 17 in a local area hotel. Police say the woman cooperated and gave detectives a statement and the bushbaby.
Based on interviews and statements, detectives discovered Nathan Allen McClain was the man who paid the prostitute for the sexual encounter with store funds, which included the donation jar money. Police say McClain owns the pet store and the woman said he gave her the animal as a tip for her services.
On March 19, Oregon State Police arrested McClain in the parking lot of their Albany office on a DUII-controlled substance charge. Police say they saw him leaving the adult porn shop next door and he appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.
McClain was lodged at the Linn County Jail. While detectives interviewed him on March 21, they found out he paid the prostitute for sex with a deposit and donation money from the store.
On April 21, police arrested McClain again for prostitution and lodged at the Lane County Jail. He was released later that day.
The police investigation revealed the burglaries were speculative. The missing Girl Scout money was never recovered and is still under investigation.
The exotic animal, Gooey, is safe and currently at a nearby sanctuary until the USDA issues a new license for Zany Zoo Pet Store.
Zany Zoo Pet Store posted the following statement to Facebook after KVALpublished the story: