Police seeking new information in exotic bird theft cases

MT. PENN, Pa. - It's a case that the Central Berks Regional Police Department said has gone cold.

"It's tough. It's frustrating. The cases sit," said Central Berks Det. Sgt. Deron Manndel. "Nothing, no video, nothing we can follow up on. In the meantime, the dairy or the pet stores are all hurting, because their beloved animals are gone."

Investigators are once again asking for tips about a string of exotic bird thefts in Berks County. The first happened in February at Diane's Pet Center on Perkiomen Avenue in St. Lawrence. Another happened in May at Pena Auto Service in Reading. And in July, three parrots were lifted from the Oley Turnpike Dairy.

"After the story ran about the Oley Dairy incident, I got a couple of tips, but a lot of the stuff was just kind of far fetched, random information," Manndel explained.

Manndel said the case has had a series of leads that went nowhere.

"Diane's Pets, they send me links and information once in a while to these bird rescue people the," Manndel said. "One found took in a bird that looked similar to the one that was stolen, turned out not to be it."

He said the& police did get some DNA evidence from some of the crime scenes but, due to the lower priority of the case, he is still awaiting results from the state police lab. He said he's also hoping for more solid leads arise.

"At this point, obviously, there's no witnesses to any of them," Manndel explained. "Somebody out there has to know something."

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Central Berks Regional Police Department.

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