A pair of pricey parrot thieves lucked out when the beautiful birds’ owner was unable to stop the birdnapping with his shotgun.
The shootout was caught on a surveillance camera at Fernando Pena’s home in Miami, FL. The video shows a man entering the home and snatching the African grey parrots from each of their cages last Thursday. “They took two parrots that I had back there,” Pena said through a translator.
As the suspect violently snatched the pricey parrots, which range in price from $1,000 to $2,000 a piece, the homeowner awoke to the sound of his dog barking and the commotion of the burglary.
That’s when he grabbed his shotgun and went out to investigate.
“When I came out here toward the individual, someone out here cocked his weapon and fired, and I returned fire,” Pena said.
“[The homeowner] saw those two men, approached them with his shotgun in hand and when those two men took those two birds and were fleeing from the home, those two men started shooting back at the victim,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat. “Now, there was an exchange of gunfire.”
Despite the homeowner’s attempt to stop the burglars, they escaped with the parrots in hand. Police are asking anyone with information on the thieves’ whereabouts to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.