Woman who reported botched monkey sale
 is cited for her trouble

A black-capped Capuchin monkey is at the alleged center of an odd incident from last month, in which a Missouri woman covered in pepper spray entered the lobby of a local hotel and sobbed about having her pet forcibly taken from her in the parking lot. Local police say the evidence they have backs up the woman’s story. Photo Special to the Sentinel.

A Missouri woman, who was reportedly maced and robbed last fall when she tried to sell a Capuchin monkey in the parking lot of a Grand Junction hotel, has been sanctioned by state authorities.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture earlier this month issued a cease-and-desist letter to Cheryl Ullrich, owner of the Chillicothe, Mo.-based business, Cheryl’s Primates, for alleged violations of a state law that prohibits the importation, transfer or sale, of non-human primates in Colorado.

The state letter, dated Feb. 13, says Ullrich has a right to request a hearing on the issue before the state’s agriculture commission. An injunction or restraining order will be sought if Ullrich continues the activities in Colorado, the letter says.

Ullrich hung up the phone when reached for comment on Thursday by The Daily Sentinel.

Grand Junction police in November said an investigation had gone cold into the Oct. 28 incident in the parking lot of the La Quinta, 2761 Crossroads Blvd. Ullrich told police she was prepared to sell her black cap Capuchin monkey for $7,500 after meeting the buyer online and agreeing to meet in the hotel parking lot that morning. She said she was hit with pepper spray and knocked down before the suspect made off with a pet carrier holding the monkey.

She described the suspect as a Middle Eastern male, 35 to 40 years old, about 5-foot 5-inches with a thin build and a short beard. He was wearing glasses, a blue shirt and possibly a vest.

The website for Cheryl’s Primates advertises monkeys, as young as 2 to 3 weeks old, for up to $7,500. It says she’s been raising and breeding monkeys for 15 years.

“Monkeys and Friendships make me smile,” Ullirch says on the website.


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