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Stolen parrot was part of Lakewood family for 30 years

March 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A parrot named Amigo has been a part of a Lakewood family for nearly 30 years. But in a flash, a thief took her away.

Amigo was on the rail of the Hartmann family's front porch near her cage Monday afternoon, and that's when the family says she was taken.

Tom and Carolyn Hartmann say it was unusual for her to be out of her cage.

The Hartmanns say that's when Amigo was snatched after they put away some groceries about 5 p.m.

"I heard her yelling," Carolyn Hartmann said. "I went around the corner of the garage and I saw a man running with a bundle, a blanket, and I heard her yelling in that blanket."

She added that the thief ran away through the back of the house and over to the next street. She said the thief had black hair, a black shirt and denim shorts.

The family said the thief got away in a white van.

Neighbors said the 27-year-old parrot was a fixture in the neighborhood.

"She comes and visits Amigo every day," said neighbor Michelle Raney, pointing to a young girl in her arms. "I have a 27 year old. All my children have grown up with that bird."

The Hartmanns have filed a report with the sheriff's station in Lakewood because the parrot is valued at around $1,200. That would make it a grand theft case.

"She loved to be outside, she was a people bird," Tom Hartmann said. "She liked to converse with all the kids in the neighborhood. They all knew her and would stop by for a conversation."

The Hartmanns have also contacted area pet stores asking them to notify them if someone tries to sell them amigo.

Anyone with information is asked to call (562) 865-8486.