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Thief returns parrot to Wyoming bird store

Posted at 7:18 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-05 12:08:46-04

UPDATE: The owner of Casa La Parrot tells FOX 17 that the stolen bird was returned at 10 a.m. Saturday by the man who took it and that the Wyoming Police Department was informed.

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WYOMING, Mich. -- The owners of a Wyoming pet store are taking to social media after a parrot was allegedly stolen Friday.

Jessica Oegema, manager of Casa La Parrot on 28th Street, says a turquoise conure valued at $600 was stolen at about 1:45 p.m.

The bird is not yet able to eat on its own and has to be fed a specific way by store staff, she says. If it is not back within 2 days, she says it will likely die.

The bird was already purchased by someone but they were waiting until it got older to take it home.

“The mom that owns the bird is absolutely devastated. She is just broken hearted,” Oegema said.

In a post Friday afternoon on Casa La Parrot's Facebook page, the store accuses two people of stealing the bird. The post features surveillance photos of the man and woman believed to have taken the bird.

This is not the first time the store has taken to Facebook to try and find an alleged thief.

In September 2017, a white-bellied caique named Max was taken from its cage at Casa La Parrot.  The parrot was later returned and a suspect was charged with larceny.

"When that happened we actually rearranged the whole store so that people could not go past a certain point," Oegema said.  [Now we] will be adding padlocks to cages, which we were trying to avoid because in case of an emergency, the chances of us being able to get all the birds out decreases."

Casa La Parrot filed a report with Wyoming Police about this recent theft. Anyone with information is asked to call them at 616-530-7300.

We'll have more on this story on FOX 17 News at 10