By WCCO-TV Staff

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (WCCO) — Investigators in the Twin Cities say that a pet monkey that disappeared earlier this week was actually stolen.

The Maplewood Police Department says it discovered that the capuchin monkey that went missing on Monday night was stolen around 8 p.m. on the 2200 block of 7th Avenue East in North St. Paul.

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The investigation has been turned over to the North St. Paul Police Department. North St. Paul is a suburb northeast of the capital city.

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Anyone with information on the missing monkey, named Coco Chanel, is asked to call North St. Paul police at 651-767-0640. Tips can also be submitted online.

The monkey’s owner, Zaurice Steward, is offering a cash reward for information that leads to her primate pet. She initially thought her 2-year-old monkey went missing while with a relative in Maplewood, which is near North St. Paul.

“I’m scared that the wrong person has Coco,” Steward told WCCO. “I just want to make sure she’s OK.”

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While it’s not legal to keep capuchin monkeys as pets in Minnesota, Steward says Coco normally stays with family in Wisconsin, where such pets are allowed.