Eau Claire (WQOW) – A happy reunion at Tropic Waters Pet Center on Tuesday after a suspected bird napping.
According to Carlee Bowden, a manager at the store, the man who stole the bird came forward and admitted the mistake.
The bird is in good health, minus being a bit hungry and thirsty.
Bowden said she has not followed up with police yet, so she is not sure what the next steps will be. She said the store received a lot of tips about who the man was, which may have been why he came forward.
Eau Claire (WQOW) – A Pineapple Green-Cheek Conure bird was stolen from Tropic Waters in Eau Claire on Tuesday, and another was found outside of its cage.
According to Eau Claire police, they received a call Tuesday around 1 p.m. for two missing birds. One was found in the store, another was apparently stolen.
It appears around 11 a.m., a male suspect wearing a gray shirt and black shorts entered the store and went into a bird enclosure area, putting the bird under a red sweatshirt.
The bird is estimated to be worth more than $400.
This is surveillance video from the Tropic Waters Facebook page.
According to Carlee Bowden, a manager at Tropic Waters, there is an area where people can interact with birds.
Bowden said this is not the first animal to have gone missing from the business. In the past, a bunny and a puppy were stolen. So, the store is going to do some remodeling – putting animals unavailable to customers.
The business has gotten a couple of tips from people. Police do not know who the suspect is, but ask you to call them if you have information.