Durban man arrested for allegedly stealing African grey

2016-01-29 14:17
 Leroy Mpofu was on duty when this African grey parrot was stolen. Police found the bird at a house in Verulam the next week. (Supplied to News24)

Leroy Mpofu was on duty when this African grey parrot was stolen. Police found the bird at a house in Verulam the next week. (Supplied to News24)

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WATCH: R5 000 African grey parrot stolen from Durban pet shop

2016-01-28 13:05

Police are searching for a man and two young children alleged to have been behind the theft of an African grey parrot from a pet shop in Durban.WATCH

Durban – A 40 year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing an African grey parrot from an Umhlanga pet shop, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

His arrest came after surveillance video footage of a father and his children allegedly stealing the chick from the pet shop was posted on social media.

Durban North police were investigating a theft case, Major Thulani Zwane said. The man was expected to appear in court soon. His children were not arrested.

The owner of Julie’s Pet shop at Gateway Shopping Mall in Durban, Hawa Deedat, said she was thrilled to have the bird back.

On Thursday, police received a tip-off from residents who recognised the man in the video footage. The information led them to a house in Verulam. They found the bird, brought it back and fed it.

Deedat said she took the bird to the vet on Friday to get it assessed.

“He’s fine and cute. He was not harmed, so he doesn’t even know what happened.”

She said she was considering not selling the bird, which cost between R4 500 to R5 000, and had not been named.

“We have received so many suggestions for a name for him. One of them was Stolen.”

Leroy Mpofu, who was on duty in the shop that day, said on Saturday at 20:10, he stepped out of the shop.

The video footage shows a man and his children walking into the shop immediately after Mpofu walks out.

“The daughter went to speak to the shop assistant, while the father took the bird and put it in the son’s jacket and then they walked out.”

Mpofu said when he returned, it was feeding time and this was when he noticed the bird was missing.

They only realised what had happened on Monday, after looking at the camera footage. They posted the video on Facebook and opened a case on Tuesday.

Mpofu said he was shocked at how the father and his children worked together to steal the bird.

“It is a strange world we live in.”

(Supplied to News24)

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