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Man breaks into San Diego Zoo gift shop, tries on clothes before being arrested

Posted at 5:38 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 16:34:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A man who broke into a gift shop at the San Diego Zoo and was caught on camera trying on merchandise was arrested early Tuesday morning.

San Diego police officers responded to a break-in at one of the Zoo’s gift stores shortly after 1 a.m. Police believe the man jumped a fence to enter the property and accessed the store through its roof.

Officers and the 10News Breaking News Tracker arrived to find the man, later identified as 29-year-old Taylor Maddox, inside “shopping,” putting on a panda sweatshirt and trying on several hats, each time checking himself out in the mirror.

Moments later, officers entered the store and confronted Maddox, but he refused to comply with their orders to surrender and hid behind racks of clothing.

Maddox was eventually subdued after being struck by a rubber bullet and taken into custody -- while still wearing his new panda sweatshirt.

He has been arrested and charged with one count of possession of illegal drug paraphernalia and two counts of burglary.