Suspect who stole bird worth $2,500 from NJ shop has been found, store manager says

Zina Singer from Bird Paradise says the bird is valued at $2,500.
BURLINGTON, New Jersey (WPVI) -- A bird that was stolen from a Burlington, New Jersey business has been found, Action News has learned.

Zina Singer, the store manager of Bird Paradise, says Philadelphia police located her bird, which is worth $2,500.

According to Singer, after images of the bird thief aired on Action News, tip calls came flooding in, which helped police find the suspect.

Surveillance video shows a man stealing a bird from the Bird Paradise shop in Burlington, New Jersey, by putting it in his pocket.



Surveillance video showed a man stealing the bird by putting it in his pocket.

The suspect then drove away in an older model Nissan Altima with an alleged accomplice in the passenger seat.

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Surveillance video shows a man stealing a bird from the Bird Paradise shop in Burlington, New Jersey, by putting it in his pocket.



Singer says the bird is a 3-month-old Sunset Lorikeet, which subsists on a very strict diet.

"It will not eat pellets. It will not eat any nuts. It will not eat any seeds. It's strictly a nectar diet," Singer said.

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Chief John Fine with the Burlington City Police Department said, "Being that the bird is over $500, it does create it as a felony charge here in the state of New Jersey. So, this is definitely a crime, not a misdemeanor or disorderly persons."

Officials from Bird Paradise said they were willing to overlook that the suspect committed a felony if they did the right thing.

The suspect could face two to five years in prison if convicted. The suspected thief has not been identified at this time.

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