Bird theft has Eau Claire pet store rethinking policies

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A local pet store is now reconsidering its policies, after a bird was stolen Tuesday.

As we reported, a man stole a Pineapple Green-Cheek Conure bird from Tropic Waters in Eau Claire on Tuesday. Later that day, the suspect brought the bird back safe. Store owner Jim Reiman said theft is something they deal with all the time, but after a handful of incidents, the store installed cameras to help identify thieves, which helped on Tuesday.

However, cameras may not be enough now.

“Anytime something like this happens, you always review what you’re doing and if you’re doing the right thing,” Reiman said. “We’re reassessing the situation. Are we going to completely change it? I will tell you everything is locked up right now. To me, that’s kind of an uncomfortable feeling, but if that’s what it has to come to, then that’s what it has to be.”

Reiman said the solution may involve limiting customer interactions with the pets. He also said it could be found in design. Redesigning the store could help with staff surveillance. According to the Eau Claire Police Department, Tropic Waters still plans to pursue theft charges against the suspect.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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