The surveillance footage shows a white Dodge Ram pickup truck casing a Miami home well past midnight one morning last week. Then a man wearing shorts and a T-shirt climbs into the backyard and spends just over a minute opening a cage and stealing two expensive African Grey parrots.
A small dog at attention barks, moves toward the man then backs off, its tail stiffly at attention. Feathers flutter as the man stuffs the parrots into a knapsack. Then the man leaves.
What the video doesn’t show was far more dramatic: The homeowner grabbed his shotgun and raced outside. The suspect saw him and fired off two rounds. And the homeowner returned fire three times.
All the bullets missed their marks.
The man, who stole the birds from a home in the 200 block of Southwest 62nd Court on June 23, got away. The parrots are valued at $1,500. Police say the bird thief is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami police at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.