PINEVILLE, N.C. – A reward is being offered after two valuable cockatoos were stolen from a Pineville store last week.
A man and pregnant woman walked into the Parrot University store at 321 South Polk Street and stole the two rare birds. Debbie Foster, who has worked as a parrot trainer at the store for years, says the suspects pretended to be customers.
"They just grabbed their feet as they headed for the door. They pulled them against their bodies," Foster said.
The woman appears to be 7-8 months pregnant, medium height, with dark brown hair.
The man has a lean build, is approximately 5'9" with a goatee and acne scars on his cheeks. His teeth are crooked, stained yellow and brown, and one of his front teeth is noticeably chipped.
Now a $1,500 reward is being offered for the birds’ return or information leading to the animals. The store says no charges will be filed if the birds are returned.
Foster is now worried the birds will be mistreated.
"These were really well socialized birds who liked most people--especially people who treated them calmly," said Foster last week.
Jasmine is a Moluccan Cockatoo, with peach colored feathers. Emmy is an Umbrella with dark red eyes.
Pineville Police are looking at birds for sale on the internet and pursued a lead to Salisbury, but it turned out to be a false alarm.