Thieves get the bird as ‘Percy’ an African Grey parrot is targeted
Saturday 22nd July 2017 @ 21:08 by Nigel P.
Ashton News

Percy a family’s beloved pet was taken in what appears to have been a targeted theft

A Tameside  family’s beloved pet parrot has been stolen by heartless thieves from an Ashton garden centre.

The parrot named Percy was taken from Dunns Garden and Pet Centre, Whitelands, following a burglary in what appears to have been a targeted theft.

The distinctive and rare African Grey parrot disappeared after a burglary that is believed to have taken place between 5.45pm on Wednesday evening the 14 June 2017 and 8.00 am the following Thursday morning.

The thieves forced their way inside to the pet and garden centre premises through a wooden wall before swiping Percy, who was being looked after at the centre on behalf of his owners who were away on holiday.

The whole family has been deeply affected by the loss of their cherished pet and now police have released images of the parrot and are appealing for the public’s help to trace him.

Police Constable Colin Douglass, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This family have gone away on holiday only to return home to find their beloved pet taken from where it was being looked after.

“These men have taken nothing else from inside other than Percy and his family are understandably very upset that he has been stolen.

“We are now releasing an image of Percy and are appealing for the public’s help to find him and reunite him with his family.

“If you have seen or been offered a parrot that looks like Percy, or if you saw anything suspicious in the area around that time I would urge you to contact us so we can get him back home.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 477 of 15/06/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.