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Date of Issue: March 18, 2009

Bird stolen from shop

The Holmes Beach Police Department is investigating the theft of an African grey parrot from Sun and Surf, 5418 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

The 18-year-old bird, Wizard, was reported missing at about noon March 15. Sun and Surf has a number of caged birds that are placed on the sidewalk outside the door when the store is open.

“We do caged-bird rescue,” said Sun and Surf’s Marty Duytschaver. “We’ve been doing bird rescue for about eight years.”

But several are members of the family, including Wizard, described by Duytschaver as, “such a sweet bird.”

Duytschaver said that he followed his usual routine on Sunday morning, wheeling the cages from the store to the sidewalk at about 9:30 a.m. He next fed the birds.

“Everything was fine,” he said.

But sometime between about 10 a.m. and noon, Wizard was taken, reported to the store by a customer who noticed an empty cage.

In addition to calling HBPD, Duystchaver said pet shops were alerted in the event someone tries to sell Wizard.

“In 10 years, we’ve never had anything like this,” he said, adding that he hopes the bird is returned.

For more information about the bird, call Sun and Surf at 941-778-2169, or HBPD at 941-708-5812.