$2,500 bird reported stolen
April 30, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
If you can help
If you have information, call Victoria Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200 or Kim Lopez at 361-218-8840.
Lilly loves George Strait. She sings all his songs when she hears him on the radio.
At 4 years old, Lilly also loves hugs from her "mom" and asks for them while making kissing noises.
But when Kim Lopez went outside Monday morning to feed Lilly, her umbrella cockatoo, all she found was an empty birdcage.
"We thought we would have her until I passed away, until the kids were old. We got her for (her grandson), and we have raised her since she was little. We are heartbroken. We just want our bird back," Lopez said, her voice breaking into tears.
Because the birds have 75-year life spans, Lopez said, she hoped her grandson, now 3, would be able to keep the bird most of his life.
Lopez filed a report Tuesday with the Victoria Police Department, hoping to recover the $2,500 bird.
Sgt. Eline Moya, spokeswoman for the department, said it is investigating the reported theft in the 3000 block of Cherry Street. She said it is unknown if the incident is related to the theft of two parrots from Earthworks Nursery in March, one of which was returned by officers.
"In cases like these that are unusual, we take the investigative leads that are there, but we really rely on the public to assist us," Moya said, encouraging anyone with knowledge of the disappearance to report it to law enforcement.
Lopez, who said the lock was broken off the cage and her backyard gate was open Monday, hopes whoever took Lilly will return her. The family is offering a reward for her safe return.
"If they don't know how to take care of her right, they can kill her. They are very delicate birds. They have a certain diet. I'm afraid someone is going to get bit and then just kill her," Lopez said, adding that Lilly was also suffering from a virus and was on medication that could save her life.