A 16-year-old boy in Port St. Lucie is accused of stealing a man's exotic pets, but the location of the missing animals is still unknown.
File photo of African Gray Parrot
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy is accused of stealing a man's exotic pets, but the location of the missing animals is still unknown.
Detectives said they received an anonymous tip the teen stole four African Gray parrots and two Cotton-Top Tamarin monkeys.
During the investigation, detectives received an anonymous tip that the teen had told fellow classmates at his school that he had stolen the birds and monkeys.
Detectives conducted several interviews and learned that the teen had showed classmates where the monkeys were stolen from via Google Maps.
Witnesses also told detectives that the teen pulled up pictures on the Internet and showed them what the monkeys and birds look like.
Detectives also learned that the teen was keeping the monkeys and birds in an abandoned house somewhere on the west side of Port St. Lucie. However, the whereabouts of the animals are still unknown.
Police charged the teen with burglary and theft of the monkeys and birds.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the parrots or monkeys are urged to call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS.