UPDATE: On Tuesday, October 4, the parrot’s owner, Brenda Fischbach, said her parrot had been found. Fischbach told 8 News Now she received an anonymous call from someone who said they knew the bird’s whereabouts and were able to return it safely to their business.
The exchange took place on Monday, as the woman who returned the bird received the $1,000 reward, no questions asked, according to Fischbach.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The owners of a local business have contacted 8 News Now for help, after they say their yellow double-headed Amazon parrot was stolen.
On Wednesday, Brenda Fischbach said her parrot Sam has been part of her family for 42 years.
Fischbach said Sam the parrot was removed Wednesday from his store, American Printing on Fremont Street near Maryland Parkway.
“He’s been here 15 years and no one has ever bothered him, so we don’t know why anyone would bring him back, but we need him home,” she said.
CCTV shows the theft taking place at the business, according to Fischbach.
A man is seen on camera breaking into the business, walking around, and eventually heading towards Sam’s cage.
“We have three overhead garage doors and one of them has a lock on the outside, and they broke it and came in from the back, then set off the alarm,” she said. declared.
Fischbach’s brother-in-law, Ron Johnson, said he watched the security footage countless times.
“That guy who walked in must have had a lot of bites on his arms and hands because Sam didn’t walk away quietly, he got into a fight, so that’s a good thing,” Johnson said. “He had to search, but he bypassed a lot of expensive things to get the bird.”
Brenda and Ron said that with the number of people who came to see Sam regularly, they thought they were being targeted because birds like Sam could be worth a lot of money.
They also think the suspect must have been someone who knew Sam was spending his nights at the print shop.
“We want him to be safe and looked after, and we’ve had him for so long, he’s 42,” Fischbach said.
Brenda and her family offer a reward to anyone who can bring Sam home alive, as the bird requires daily joint care and is currently in the final stages of its life.
Las Vegas Metro Police are currently investigating the incident.
According to the Southwest Exotic Avian Rescue, double yellow-headed Amazonian parrots typically cost between $4,000 and $5,000.