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By Alex Groves
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Menifee deputies find stolen bird, identify suspected bird-napper


Last updated 3/28/2018 at 12:31pm

Sheriff’s deputies recovered an expensive exotic bird that was stolen from a Menifee pet store last week and also identified the woman suspected of nabbing the bird.

Harmony Marie Mejia, 38, of Perris is suspected of entering the store at 27620 Encanto Drive on Tuesday, March 20, and stuffing the bird in her purse before quickly driving away with it, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release.

Mejia has not been arrested in connection with the incident, but the sheriff’s department intends to file charges with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, according to the release.

Sheriff’s officials say deputies received a 911 call about the theft about 1:35 p.m. and learned the stolen bird was a Blue Indian Ringneck.

They investigated and learned the bird had been sold and given to a young girl, but the girl had not yet received the bird from the seller.

Deputies identified Mejia as a suspect and went to her home in the 39000 block of Strand Way in Perris to interview her, but learned from Mejia’s husband that she hid somewhere in the house when she saw the deputies approach.

The release says Mejia, “ingested a large quantity of prescription medication,” which required she be taken to the hospital.

A deputy found the stolen bird in the house, safe and unharmed. Deputies reunited the bird with the store’s owner and the bird will eventually be delivered to the girl who wanted to buy it from Mejia.

Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Officer Dan Brown by calling 951-210-1000 or by email at [email protected]


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