LUBBOCK, Texas — Someone stole a Macaw (yes the colorful tropical bird) early Thursday morning, according to Walter’s World of Pets in Lubbock.
Walter’s World of Pets Manager Brandon Hise said they’re asking anyone with information to come forward.
“Little shocked and devastated,” Hise said. “We’re trying to track him down and get information out because he’s a young bird. I mean, it’s like a young kid. They’re aware of everything. They’re very smart. They’re very emotional, I guess is a good word. They’re not used to new things. He could be very stressed out. Birds don’t handle stress very well. So it’s essential that that we find him as quickly as we can.”
The store provided surveillance video from 3:39 a.m. It shows someone toss a large rock through the glass door and then running into the store. The burglar was dressed in a red hoodie with black pants and black shoes.
The rock-wielding burglar had his face covered in the video.
Hise said the thief appeared to know exactly what he was looking for, because after shattering the glass door, the perp ran right towards Max’s cage and they were back out the door under a minute.
He also said he suspects the person who took him may not understand how to care for the bird, and that the bird might be in real danger.
It’s not the first time someone stole a critter from Walter’s. In April, someone stole a Spider Monkey, the store said. And then, a police report said someone shoplifted a spider in October.
“You got to be kidding me,” manager Brandon Hise said in October. The police report said when an employee was busy, the shoplifter put a spider in his front pocket and then just walked away.
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Anyone with information is asked to call Lubbock Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.