Stolen bird recovered, lost bird still missing, RCMP now say

A bird named Vern, who was stolen from a Dieppe pet store last month, has been recovered, but it turns out his brother Cosmo, who flew away from his owner, is still missing, RCMP say.

Sun conure retured to Dieppe Pet Store but Vern's brother who flew the coop still missing

The RCMP case involving two sun conure birds in Dieppe just took another confusing twist.

It turns out the bird that was stolen from PetCulture last month, Vern, has been returned, but his brother, Cosmo, who flew away from his owner's home in February, is still missing.

The stolen sun conure bird is worth more than $1,000, say RCMP. (RCMP)
On Monday, RCMP reported both of the medium-sized brightly coloured parrots, which are each worth more than $1,000, had been recovered.

At that time, police believed a bird seized by officers following an investigation into the stolen bird case was actually Cosmo, and that a bird found by a private citizen was Vern.

"It has since been established that the stolen bird has been returned but the lost bird is still missing," Const. Damien Thériault said in a release on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Codiac RCMP seized a bird when the individuals who had just purchased it turned it over to police believing it was the stolen sun conure, said Thériault.

But the original owner of the bird however contacted RCMP on Monday with proof that the sun conure police returned to the pet store was not stolen, he said.

That bird has since been returned to the people who had turned it over to police, said Thériault.

Codiac RCMP are seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects in the theft of a bird from a pet store in Dieppe. (RCMP)
Meanwhile, the bird that was turned into the pet store on Monday by a woman who found it, has been confirmed to be the bird that was stolen on March 27,  Vern, he said.

No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his late 40s to early 50s with a pale complexion. He is about five-foot-nine with a slim build, and long, dark hair.

He was wearing a dark coat at the time.

The second suspect is described as being in his 30s and possibly aboriginal, say RCMP. He is about five-foot-nine, with a medium build, brown eyes, brown hair shaved on the sides, and clean shaven.

He was wearing a dark coat with white stripes on the arms and designs on the chest at the time.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).