A 21-year-old Van Nuys man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing two Latin American parrots and an Indonesian bird, which were later sold to a pet dealer, police said.
Detective Pat Lealos of the San Fernando police said two of the birds--including Junior, a Mexican yellow-headed parrot who "talks, laughs and does tricks"--were resold by the dealer for $700 and have not been recovered.
John J. Burig was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing the birds from the Rev. James Mitchell's home in San Fernando on June 19 and 21 while the minister was watching them for a friend, Lealos said. Burig was staying with Mitchell, who regularly provides temporary housing for people who have no place to stay, the detective said.
Burig later sold the three birds for a total of $200 to Deb's Pet Shop in the 18300 block of Ventura Boulevard in Van Nuys, Lealos said.