Halifax Regional Police are trying to track down two men who they say stole a $2,600 parrot from a Pets Unlimited store in Bedford on Monday night.
Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs said the theft happened at approximately 6:50 p.m. at the store on Damascus Road.
"One of the males was keeping staff busy while the other male entered the parrot enclosure and took a parrot and left the store with it," he told CBC News on Tuesday morning.
"Staff tried to follow the suspect but was blocked by the second male that was distracting the staff member."
Jim Harrison, the district sales manager for Pets Unlimited, said the two-year-old parrot is a blue-fronted Amazon named Schooner. The bird has a limited vocabulary and knows how to fetch small toys, he said.
"He's an awesome bird. He could do tricks," Harrison told CBC News.
"The employees here were absolutely, with all the birds, very much attached to him."
Suspect had been in store before
Harrison said his employees recognized at least one of the suspects involved in the parrot heist because he'd been in the store between two and four times.
"We don't know him to identify him in the sense that we know his name or his address or anything like that, but he was kind of posing as a customer interested in purchasing the bird at some point," he said.
Harrison said it's common for a prospective buyer to spend a lot of time with a parrot before they take it home.
"Usually when we have a prospective buyer on a parrot it's quite a specialized animal," he said.
"It's very common that people make a decision over a period of months, weeks and they come in, visit with the bird, before they make the decision that they would like this animal to become part of their family and they spend time with the animal."
Halifax Regional Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for the bird.
"It is one of the more unusual thefts that we've come across in quite some time," said McCoombs.
The suspects are described as:
- A white man between 40 and 45 years old, about five feet eight inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has short grey hair and was wearing a light blue T-shirt and black vest at the time.
- A white man between 30 and 35 years old, about six feet tall weighing 200 pounds. He has short brown hair with a full, dark brown beard and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the word "JUGGALO" written in red on the front.