Talking African Grey parrot stolen in ‘devastating’ burglary
A talking African Grey parrot has been stolen from a family home in a “devastating” burglary in Bradford.
West Yorkshire Police said they are investigating the break-in and are appealing for any information in a bid to help reunite the parrot, named Barney, with his owners.
The 10-year-old parrot was stolen during the burglary in the Cleakheaton Road area of Bradford.
The suspects are believed to have gained entry to the house through a window, police said.
The thieves stole a quantity of the parrot’s food, and also took a laptop, a Playstation, a lawnmower and a strimmer.
It is thought the thieves did not take Barney’s cage due to its large size and according to a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “It’s believed that the suspects may have used a hessian bag or large box to transport him.”
Detective Constable Sarah Hamer of Bradford CID who is investigating the burglary said: “Any burglary is devastating for the victim, but in this case it’s even more upsetting for the family with Barney also been taken.
“Barney does speak, and it’s likely he will be making a lot of noise where ever he is being kept. We want to re-unite Barney with his owners.
“Anyone who was in the area on Thursday morning who have seen anyone acting suspiciously or who has any information should come forward. Equally anyone who may have seen a parrot like Barney for sale or who has been invited to buy a parrot like him should to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information about the burglary, or of Barney’s whereabouts should contact DC Hamer at Bradford CID via 101 quoting 13170379673.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.