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.
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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.