BIRD thieves have stolen a valuable parrot in what is believed to be a planned raid.
Robinson, a blue and gold Macaw parrot, was taken from his aviary by two men and two women who drove into the grounds of the farm where he lives, on Wednesday.
Owner John Prescott, a 61-year-old vet from Longhorsley, Northumberland, said: “We have had him for more than 20 years. He’s part of the family and we are very attached to him. We just want him back.”
Mr Prescott, who keeps hundreds of birds, discovered Robinson was missing at around 12.30pm.
When he walked into the aviary he noticed Robinson, who is worth around £1,000 was gone, but none of the other birds had been touched.
The farm’s security cameras caught a silver car driving onto the premises and two men and two women getting out. A neighbour has told Mr Prescott the same car was spotted in the village the previous day.
Mr Prescott is worried that the thieves will not have the knowledge to look after him properly.
“He’s quite a character,” said Mr Prescott. “He has people he likes and people he doesn’t like. We let him wander round the house and wander round the farm.
“We have had him all this time. It’s the not knowing what has happened to him that’s the worst.”
Police have released CCTV images of the suspects to The Journal and are urging the public to study them and get in touch if they recognise the birdnappers.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for information after thieves stole a parrot called Robinson from an aviary in Longhorsley.
“The incident happened between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Wednesday, when four people, believed to be two men and two woman, using a silver car drove into the yard of a local farm.
“The occupants parked the car up, walked across the yard and broke into an aviary inside the yard and stole a blue and gold Macaw parrot before making off.” Acting Sgt Andrea Teasdale, of Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team, added: “The owners of the parrot are distraught as this is their family pet.
“They are concerned that if the bird is not looked after correctly then it could die and they want the parrot returned safely back to them. I’d urge anyone who saw two men and two women in the Longhorsley area on Wednesday lunchtime acting suspiciously, or perhaps saw a silver car in the area with four passengers to contact us with any information they might have.
“I’d also ask that if anyone is offered the parrot for sale or hears anything about a blue and gold Macaw parrot for sale that you contact police.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Northumbria Police on 0345 604 3043.