LARGO, FL (WFLA) – A cockatoo was taken from a pet store in Largo and the possible suspect may have been caught on camera.
A Largo pet store owner is hoping surveillance video will be the key in nabbing the person who stole a Goffin Cockatoo, named Hector, from her store. Mari Beth Kennedy owns Petland on Ulmerton Road and contacted sheriff’s deputies after the valuable bird went missing.
Store cameras captured a man wearing purple pants, two sets of glasses, a hat and a backpack walking through the store. At one point, he has the bird on his shoulder. He walks down an aisle and emerges and the bird is nowhere to be seen. Kennedy thinks the man pictured knows something. “Very suspicious, wearing two pairs of glasses, had a hat on,” Said Kennedy. “We’ve been told by one of our customers that he’s seen the gentleman at McDonalds, so I believe he’s local. “
Kennedy believes the bird may be in danger, if the person who took it, doesn’t know how to care for it. “We hand feed all of our baby cockatoos here in the store, and our biggest concern right now is that baby cockatoos are not like puppy dogs where you can just throw down any kind of dog food and they’ll eat it.” Said Kennedy. “This baby had a very particular diet.” The missing bird is valued at over $2,000.
Earlier this month, Largo Police investigated a case where a man stole a puppy from All About Puppies, just down the road from Petland. In that case, surveillance cameras also captured the caper, and led to the arrest of Wayne Barfield. The puppy that was stolen was also located, and is now back with its owner. Kennedy is hoping for a similar outcome.RELATED: Man charged with stealing Yorkie to trade for cash and cocain
A poster at the store says that the male Goffin cockatoo named Hector has been missing since Jan. 22. Hector was last seen at the Petland located on Ulmerton Road and ALT 19.RELATED: Stolen Yorkie Found: Sick and receiving IV fluids
According to the “Lost Pet” poster, Hector may have been stolen. The images from the surveillance video show a man wearing two pairs of glasses as a possible suspect in the case. He may have put the cockatoo into his pocket or backpack. The missing bird is valued at over $2,000.
If you have any information about Hector please contact PetKey at (866)699-3463.