WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Mary Calderon usually never hears a peep out of her blue and gold macaw named Charlie at night, but that changed around 11:30 Tuesday night.
"He screamed really loud," she said. It sounded like someone was going to kill him."
When Calderon heard him she jumped off the couch and ran outside to find her front gate open and the blanket that normally covers the bird cage gone.
"When I saw the door of the cage was open I realized they stole my bird," Calderon said.
Immediately she said she started crying.
"I have had it six years," she said. "My daughter gave it to me and now I miss it so much."
The bird is worth more than $1,000 so the West Palm Beach Police Department is investigating the crime as a grand theft.
They say it happens a few times a year and in this case, the family is offering a reward to help solve the crime.
"I hope somebody can give me back my bird because I'm heartbroken with that loss," she said.
The loss of a pet that's become like family.
If you have information on the bird contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.
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