Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Man stole car in Dunedin with nine parrots in back seat, Sheriff's Office says (w/video)

DUNEDIN — A man who stole a car with nine baby parrots in the back seat is on the loose, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The man, described as white and about 30 years old, jumped into a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox about 6:45 p.m. on March 2 while the driver was inside Bauser's, a bar at 520 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin, according to deputies. The driver left the car running and unlocked with nine baby parrots in the backseat while he was inside.

A customer told him someone drove away in his car. A surveillance video showed the thief sitting on the patio outside the bar, walking over to the car, then driving away.

The next day, Polk County sheriff's deputies found the car in the Lakeland area. Six of the parrots were recovered by the Lakeland Police Department on March 7. It is unclear what happened to the other three, said Pinellas Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cpl. Lorraine Hinson.

The man is described as 6-feet-4 with a medium build, short blond hair and a light beard. He was wearing a white tank top, jeans and a black backpack.

The Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information about the case contact Arson/Auto Theft Unit Cpl. D. Grover at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-8477 or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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