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Police search for missing birds

Submitted by on 1, February 5, 2010 – 5:48 amNo Comment

Alameda police are investigating the bird-napping of three exotic birds from the home of their devastated owner.

Julie Jarratt said she last saw her birds at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when her husband put them downstairs for the night. When the couple went to check on them Wednesday morning, their basement door was open and the birds were gone.

A tearful Jarratt is pleading for the return of Baby, a 20-year-old white cockatiel; and Leo, 50, and Micky, 40, blue and gold macaws. All three are about 36 inches long, and the birds also talk, Jarratt said.

“I have my dog, my cat and my birds. And they’re my friends,” said Jarratt. “Please bring them back.”

Police could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the birds’ disappearance. Jarratt said the basement door of her Caroline Street home showed no signs of forced entry and that nothing else was taken. A possible suspect, she thinks, is the person who she said broke into her car in December. She said the thief got away with a set of her house keys and paperwork with her address.

Jarratt said she’s hanging flyers today in the hope they will generate some leads. She said she’ll also check out a bird show set for Sunday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to see if they show up there.

“I don’t know how they’ll survive someplace else,” she said.

Anyone with information about Jarratt’s missing birds is asked to call Alameda police, at 337-8340, or Jarratt at 523-2714.

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