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Thief with bucket on head stole pigeons from Florida store

By Daniel Uria
Thief with bucket on head stole pigeons from Florida store
A man wearing a trash bag and a bucket on his head broke into a Miami store and stole about 40 high-priced pigeons. The store's owners Nelson and Mae Hernandez said it was the second break in within a year despite increases to security including security cameras and barbed wire fences. Screen capture/Miami Herald

MIAMI, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A thief broke into a Florida business to steal several high-priced pigeons while wearing a bucket to hide his identity.

Surveillance showed the strangely disguised burglar, dressed in a trash bag, pilfering the expensive birds from El Viejo Lazaro Botanica in Miami despite security cameras and barbed wire, according to WSVN.

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"People are crazy. People know I have security cameras," owner Nelson Hernandez said. "People know I put the wires. More security, and these people don't care."

The brazen robbery was the second time within a year burglars had target the store owned by Hernandez and his wife Mae.

"I don't know what's going here in Miami," she said. "People don't have respect for anything."

Hernandez said the most recent robbery saw the bucket clad thief make off with 40 racing pigeons valued between $100 and $1,000.

"If this keeps happening I will be out of business," he told the Miami Herald.

The clumsy thief was seen tumbling over a fence surrounding the store and potentially causing harm to his stolen cargo.

"These little pigeons, he breaks the eggs and everything. It's animal abuse," Hernandez said. "The way he took the pigeons was very rough."

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