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Reward up to $1,500 for information about stolen cockatoos

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PINEVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

More information was released Wednesday morning about the theft of cockatoos in Pineville earlier this month.

Debbie Foster, the trainer and board member at Companion Parrots Re-Homed, says the reward has been upped to $1,500.

That reward can be collected by an individual who returns the birds to Parrot University, or to anyone who contributes information leading to the safe return of the birds.

The theft of the cockatoos happened at about 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13th.

A couple walked into the store looking for a bird. They browsed for more than an hour before each reached into a cage and grabbed a cockatoo.

The couple left the store holding each bird by the feet.

The stolen birds were an Umbrella Cockatoo and a Moluccan Cockatoo worth thousands of dollars.

But owners of the store and rescue are more worried about the safety of the birds. Cockatoos are notoriously difficult to care for, and they require special attention.

Security cameras in the shop captured very clear images of the man and woman.

Click here to watch that video.

Parrot University released the following description of the man and woman involved:

The woman is described as medium height with dark brown hair, and she appears to be in the third trimester of pregnancy.

The man has a lean build, approximately 5'7" to 5'9" with a goatee and acne scars on his cheeks. His teeth are crooked, stained yellow and brown, and one of his front teeth had a noticeable chip.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the birds or the people in the video are asked to call the Pineville Police Department at (704)889-2231 or Parrot University at (704)889-2325.

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