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 director Brandon Hise said they are asking anyone with information to come forward.
“A little shocked and devastated,” Hise said. “We are trying to find him and get information because he is a young bird. I mean, it’s like a young child. They know everything. They are very intelligent. They are very emotional, I guess that’s a good word. They are not used to new things. He could be very stressed. Birds don’t handle stress very well. It is therefore essential that we find it as soon as possible.
The store provided surveillance video from 3:39 a.m. It shows someone throwing 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 seemed to know exactly what he was looking for because after breaking the glass door, the suspect ran straight to Max’s cage and they were back through the door within a minute.
He also said he suspected the person who took him did not understand how to care for the bird and that the bird could be in real danger.
This isn’t the first time someone has stolen a bug from Walter. In April, someone stole a Spider Monkey, the outlet said. And then a police report said someone shoplifted a spider in October.
“You’re kidding me,” manager Brandon Hise said in October. The police report says that when an employee was busy, the shoplifter put a spider in his front pocket and then walked away.
Be sure to come back for an update to this article.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lubbock Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.