Bird-Brained Pigeon Thief Disguises Self With Bucket On Head

It was truly fowl play.

A thief managed to steal $7,000 worth of pigeons and tools from a Miami store on Friday despite using a disguise that can only be described as bird-brained: A bucket on the head.

The store, El Viejo Lazaro Botanica, was robbed a few hours after owners Mae and Nelson Hernandez closed up for the evening. Surveillance cameras recorded a person jumping over a fence and entering the locked business, according to local station WSVN-TV.

The thief, who was also wearing a trash bag, grabbed about 40 racing pigeons valued anywhere from $100 to $1,000 as well as some tools, the Miami Herald reported.

This is the second bird robbery the store has suffered in the last six months, Nelson Hernandez told the Herald.

“If this keeps happening I will be out of business,” he said.

Someone stole 15 pigeons that time, according to CBS Miami. 

Somehow, this person managed to steal around 40 pigeons.
Somehow, this person managed to steal around 40 pigeons.

Surveillance video shows the thief walking around the cages and stuffing the pigeons into a box before climbing a ladder over the fence ― but not without falling to the ground in the process.

He’s just like a lazy guy. Stupid, you know?” Nelson Hernandez told

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.



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