A Yellow-crowned Amazon pair preening in Trinidad. (Photo by Richard Lakhan)

Two parrots were stolen from the home of 78-year-old Archie Bellisario at midnight on Tuesday.

According to Bellisario, he and his family were asleep at their home in Mulchan Trace when dogs started barking at 12.15 a.m. He was awakened by the noise and looked out of his bedroom window to see a mysterious vehicle parked between his home and his neighbour’s yard.

After being parked for a half an hour, two figures emerged from the vehicle and ran into the yard.

“They came out easy, easy and we were afraid but we saw them go underneath and take the parrots and gone. They took the whole cage and went with it. They looked like two little fellas, one big and one small. If I had to guess I would say they were teenagers. We called the police and the police said they were coming, they were in the area but the police never came,” he said.

This comes one month after Walter, a special needs parrot, was stolen from the home of Lisa Thomas in Petit Valley.

According to Thomas, the bird was stolen in January by someone who came through her neighbour’s yard, grabbed Walter’s cage and left. Walter has not yet been returned to Thomas.

Bellisario’s two parrots, named Laurie and Laureen, were under his care for the past 30 years. They were described as fully grown, green parrots.

He told the Express that the parrots were kept in a cage but that it was left open for them to move as they pleased. He said the birds had become a part of his own family.

“The wife has been crying since last night. Everybody is missing them, everybody. They come like part of the family. I am worried now that they won’t eat because I am not with them. They normally give trouble when I am not there. When I am not home, my wife is the only one that can feed them because they are fussy,” he said. Bellisario is pleading for the safe return of Laurie and Laureen as it has caused the family much distress.


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