PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Police continue to investigate after a 3-month-old cockatoo was stolen–and then returned–to a Portland pet store.
The bird, a rose-breasted cockatoo named Charlie, was stolen in October last year from the Bird Hut off Southeast Division Street.
The bird was reportedly valued at $2,200 and was still bottle-fed, which was cause for concern for Kade Painter, who had already started making payments to eventually take Charlie home.
“I broke down crying honestly and called my boss and I don’t think I stopped crying the whole week,” Painter said.
On Monday, however, Painter says a man walked into the shop with Charlie.
“We could tell because of this little crooked toe right here,” Painter said. “I was shaking and crying and I gave him a hug after I had Charlie and I was so grateful.”
The Good Samaritan told Painter that he had bought the bird for $400. He said he did not know the bird had been stolen, and when he saw a flier and a convenience store, brought Charlie to the shop.
The Good Samaritan had been regularly feeding the bird seeds, fresh fruit, and veggies, according to workers.
With Charlie now safe and sound, the Bird Hut says it plans to have locks on every cage. Employees say they will keep a diligent eye out for any future bird bandits.
Police confirm that the investigation is ongoing. No citations have been issued and no arrests have been made.
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