Arlington Police Track Down Stolen Parrot in Hurst

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Rounding out a day of heroic animal rescues in North Texas, Arlington police on Monday tracked down Captain Jack, a parrot nabbed from a local body shop more than a week ago.

The bird, APD said in its plea for public assistance, was the mascot of Sunrise Automotive on East Pioneer Parkway.

"Captain Jack was the star of Mr. Salmon's business with families and children regularly stopping by to talk to Captain Jack," an Arlington police spokeswoman told The Dallas Morning News.

Until November 15, when burglars broke into the business after hours and stole a vehicle, some tools, and Captain Jack himself.

At this point, you might be wondering, Who the hell steals a parrot? Well, there's this lady. And these guys. And this dude, to name a couple of recent examples.

In a word, winners.

But the Arlington pet nappers apparently realized they weren't fit to be in such exalted company. Two days later, a woman in Hurst spotted an SUV dumping a macaw on the side of the road in the 200 block of Arcadia Street.

The bird was retrieved by Hurst animal control, which was preparing to put the bird up for adoption when word arrived Monday that he might be Captain Jack. He is scheduled to be reunited with Sunrise Automotive owner Bill Salmon this morning. The thieves, meanwhile, are still on the lam.

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