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Man Caged After Stealing Parrot

Freckles the parrot is now safe



    Man Caged After Stealing Parrot
    Miami Beach Police
    Jesus Anthony Jimenez and Freckles

    Freckles has been found.

    Miami Beach detectives have busted a bird thief who stole an African Gray parrot from an apartment and then tried to sell it to a local pet store, officials said Thursday.

    Jesus Anthony Jimenez, 27, was arrested and charged with dealing in stolen property after he was seen by a Miami Beach cop flying the coop with the pilfered parrot.

    On April 19, Jimenez ran out of an apartment complex with the bird in a cage and jumped into a waiting car. The car sped off and ran a stop sign right in front of a patrolling cop, officials said.

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    The cop wrote a ticket and sent Jimenez on his way, but a short time a later, flyers for the missing bird, named Freckles, popped up in the precinct.

    Jimenez was quickly tracked down and sang like a canary when questioned about the bird. He told police that he sold the bird to a pet store in Miami named La Jungla for $275 and that he knew it was stolen.

    Freckles was retrieved from the store and returned to his owner.