Thieves in Miami will steal anything that's not nailed down if the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, you can't nail down your pet parrot, because that's just animal cruelty. So keep a watchful eye on your feathered friends, because one was recently stolen from a Miami Beach apartment. Thankfully, a vigilant policeman helped return the bird to its rightful owner.
This past Tuesday morning, Miami Beach Police Officer Robert Montesinos noticed a man running out of an apartment on 82nd Street holding a large cage with a parrot inside and getting into a waiting car. Suspicious, Montesinos followed the car and pulled it over when the driver ran a stop sign.
The suspects inside claimed they had just bought the bird, and lacking any evidence to the contrary, Montesinos let them go.
But what do you know? A report of grand theft parrot in the area of 82nd Street came down the wire the next day.
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Officer Montesinos remembered Anthony Jesus Jimenez, the man he pulled over the day before, and arrived at his apartment.
Jimenez admitted he stole the parrot and sold it to a pet store for $275.
Police were able to recover Freckles the Parrot and return it to its rightful owner.