Pricey Parrot Pilfered From Pet Shop

Expensive bird lifted from store

It's the case of the purloined parrot.

Police on Long Island are investigating the broad daylight theft of a pricey parrot from a West Islip pet store.

A man entered BJT's Jungle pet shop on Jan. 19 and took a $1,399 baby black-headed caique bird out its holding tank and placed it inside his jacket, police said.

He and an accomplice then bought crickets and left the store with the bird.

It's the second time in two months that animals have been taken from pet shops undetected.

In December, a man hid a foot-long baby nurse shark under his jacket and walked out. He was later arrested.

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