A devastated California family is pleading for help after their pet parrot worth $2,500 was yanked off their porch and stolen by a brazen thief in broad daylight.
The hooded bird snatcher walked up to the front porch and aggressively grabbed the 4′ by 2′ bird cage with the parrot inside on March 12, according to footage obtained by ABC 7.
The thief was captured alongside a second man, shoving the cage into the back of a red SUV before taking off with the animal.
Police believe at least two individuals were involved in the theft of the African Gray Parrot named Luna.
The bird was snatched off the front porch of the Orange County home while it was getting some fresh air.
Karen Gerardo, one of Luna’s owners, said, “Typically we have him out for a little while, just to get some sun, and the person just came in and in a matter of seconds took the bird and the cage.”
Luna is the family’s son’s pet and has been with the family for 10 years.
On Facebook, Abigail Ayapantecatl said, “My brother tried chasing them down but they drove off quickly down Main towards Warner.”
The African Gray Parrot can live up to 70 to 80 years and is valued anywhere from $2,500 and $5,000.
On Facebook, Abigail Ayapantecatl wrote, “3/12/23 PLEASE share! We are trying to find the thieves who stole my brother’s African Gray parrot. This happened in Orange County- Santa Ana. Our parrot is sick and needs daily medication. She was out in her cage getting some air, as she is an indoor bird, and these 2 men took her in matter of seconds. My brother tried chasing them down but they drove off quickly down Main towards Warner. I’ve attached photos of these individuals. No license plates on their red SUV. We’ve filed a police report but we need help from everyone to spread the word. We’re devastated, we just want our parrot back #abc7eyewitness #ktla.”
Video shows a man taking the bird cage down the stairs and placing it in his vehicle. https://t.co/DxGyNh3reg
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) March 23, 2023
Brazen thieves steal parrot worth $2.5K outside owner’s home https://t.co/Mlxbi5Tsqw pic.twitter.com/tHix1mWpJ4
— New York Post (@nypost) March 25, 2023
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