ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Polly want a rescue: Forty-five parrots worth more than $1,000 each were abducted from a pet store.
The thief broke a back window of the Parrots of the World shop between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday, before the owner showed up, police said.
The 45 stolen parrots were worth about $58,000, said Nassau County police, who didn't know how the crook got away.
The store's owner, Marc Morrone, said whoever ripped him off knew where the surveillance cameras were, unhooked the cages and carried them out through a hole in the window. He said he didn't immediately notice that one of his favorite birds was among the missing.
"I was cutting up papayas for him, and I went to feed him," Morrone said, "and the cage was empty."