A 24-year-old man who burgled a house and stole and PARROT has been sentenced.
Ashley McMillan appeared at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (11 Jan) after pleading guilty to burglary of an African grey parrot at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how McMillan got into the house in Peterborough, Cambs., through an unlocked door between 10pm on 2 December and 7am following day.
He stole seven-year-old Muto and his cage.
McMillan, from Bretton, in Peterbrough, Cambs., was sentenced to 26 weeks, suspended for 18 months, and 120 hours of unpaid work.
McMillan was arrested on four days later (6 Dec) after officers identified him through CCTV, which captured him in the area with the bird shortly after the burglary.
Officers who were investigating a separate burglary nearby on Christmas Day found Muto, who had been sold to the residents for £100, in a locked room.
After speaking to his owner and identifying unique features, Muto was returned to the family later that day.
Muto’s family said: “We are delighted to have Muto back; he’s a part of our family and we were devastated to lose him.
“We’d like to thank the officers involved for their work in finding, identifying and returning him.”
DC Tom Adams said: “McMillan stole the bird in order to make some quick cash.
“I’m extremely pleased that we were able to reunite Muto with his family and bring McMillan to justice.”