Police investigate possible connection between burglaries of birds at Davie, Delray Beach pet stores – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a attainable hyperlink between two separate burglaries involving birds at pet shops in Davie and in Delray Seaside.

We’ve all heard hen chatter, however when hen sellers throughout Florida are hit by hen thieves, they impart, too.

“One in all our mates’ shops in Davie was robbed just a few weeks in the past,” stated Billy Polden, whose household runs Brenda’s Birds in Delray Seaside. “One other retailer in Orlando that was robbed, it was a bit of totally different M.O. As a substitute of coming via the ceiling, they got here via a gap within the again wall.”

Thieves stole totally different species of birds from Charlie Hong’s enterprise in Davie final month. Somebody reduce into Hong’s ceiling, reduce the facility and the alarm and stole about 140 birds. Surveillance footage confirmed somebody strolling behind the Outlets at Stirling Place with objects in every hand.

A spokesperson for Delray Seaside Police stated they are going to be evaluating notes with Davie Police concerning the instances, however the hen sellers in South Florida stated they’re comparable sufficient for them to be on excessive alert.

“They’re identical to a canine, talk with you, physique language, sound. I simply love my birds,” stated Hong. “My coronary heart sank. I walked in. I noticed a few birds flying round.”

Polden, whose household has run the enterprise for almost 30 years, stated he almost turned the sufferer of a hen thief who created a gap within the ceiling to get to the animals. An alert introduced him to his retailer after hours.

“On Friday, about 9, 9:30 p.m., I received an alert that the facility went off in our retailer and the Wi-Fi was down,” Polden stated. “As we drove across the again, we see the again door is open. As we get a bit of nearer, we see the door closes.”

Delray Seaside Police stated the would-be thief was nonetheless on the scene with birds packed up in a number of crates.

Yeimis Lazaro Portieles, a 31-year-old from Hialeah, was arrested in connection to the break-in.

Polden stated the housebreaking would have been a lack of about $60,000, however a number of the larger birds didn’t survive the try.

The query now for police: Are these heists linked? Or simply an eerie coincidence?

Portieles drove away from the scene in Delray Seaside, however police stopped him heading south on Interstate 95. They stated he admitted to making an attempt to steal the birds.

He faces prices of housebreaking, larceny as much as $100,000 and little one neglect, as a result of there was a 2-month-old little one within the SUV when he was stopped.

When you’ve got any details about the housebreaking on the hen retailer in Davie, you’re urged to name Davie Police or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Bear in mind, you may all the time stay nameless, and it’s possible you’ll be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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