Man arrested after allegedly breaking into San Diego Zoo to try on clothes

SAN DIEGO — A man who allegedly broke into a gift shop at the San Diego Zoo early Tuesday and was caught browsing the famed tourist destination’s souvenir clothing line wound up sporting jail-issue togs instead.

A security guard patrolling the grounds of the Balboa Park menagerie about 1:30 a.m. spotted the intruder in the store, trying on hats and a sweatshirt and looking in a mirror to see how they suited him, according to police.

Footage shot by San Diego News Video showed the suspect — later identified as 29-year-old Taylor Elliot Maddox — clad in a black panda-design hoodie when officers confronted him in the shop, handcuffed him and walked him out to a waiting patrol car.

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

It was unclear how the suspect managed to get onto the grounds of the zoo after hours.

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