Bird lover searching for stolen canaries; 500 taken from home, 150 found so far

08/15/2012 5:00 AM

08/15/2012 7:47 PM

An 87-year-old Southwest Miami-Dade man is heartbroken after the 20-year relationship he shared with his 500 beloved canaries was severed by burglars.

Manuel Sanchez said his birds were stolen in May. According to police, the thieves entered through the west-side window of Sanchez’s shed, stole the birds, then sold them to three different pet shops the following day.

Sanchez has had limited luck recovering his canary companions: His visits to the pet shops, which include Animal Pet Shop on Bird Road and Pet Lover Supply on Miller Drive, allowed detectives to recover 150 of the 500 birds.

One of the pet store owners said he sold all the canaries, Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.

That comes as no surprise to Sanchez, who said canaries can be sold for $20 to $30 each. With 500 birds, that’s $15,000.

The canary caper was caught on camera by surveillance video from Roberts Pet Store at 14420 S. Dixie Hwy.

Anyone with tips is asked to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477 (TIPS).

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