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Man wearing allegedly stolen panda sweatshirt arrested after being found in zoo gift store

San Diego police have arrested a man they say apparently helped himself to a panda sweatshirt after breaking into a gift store at the San Diego Zoo early Tuesday.

Police were called shortly before 1 a.m. by a security guard who saw a shirtless man, identified as Taylor Elliot Maddox, carrying a stick near the front gate of the zoo, Officer Dino Delimitros said. Before officers arrived, the man apparently got onto the zoo grounds.

“We got there and found him in a gift store,” Delimitros said. “First he was seen with no shirt on, then he was seen with a panda shirt on and was looking in the mirrors and stuff.”

At one point, the man had donned a baseball cap he apparently picked up in the store, according to video shot by San Diego News Video. He did not respond to officers but was eventually arrested.

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Maddox, 29, was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.

Kucher writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune. City News Service contributed to this report.

karen.kucher@sduniontribune.com

Twitter: @karenkucher

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