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Cuca, Parrot Stolen In Broad Daylight, Returned To Owners

Cops: Darryyl Walker Confessed To Stealing 'Cuca' From 67-Year-Old Woman
Police released these photos of Cuca the parrot being reunited with her happy owners. (credit: NYPD)

Police released these photos of Cuca the parrot being reunited with her happy owners. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A parrot stolen from its owner in broad daylight earlier this week has been returned.

According to police, Darryyl Walker, 53, confessed to stealing the bird from a woman in the elevator of the Morris Housing complex in the Tremont section of the Bronx around 3 p.m. on July 29.

He was arrested at his home and confessed to the robbery the day after the incident, police said.

Police said Walker followed a 67-year-old woman carrying her pet parrot Cuca off the elevator, snatched the bird and ran off.

Police said it’s believed Walker had a gun at the time of the incident.

Surveillance cameras located around the Morris Housing complex captured Walker in front of the building, in the elevator and fleeing the scene, police said. The video helped police track down Walker, who is on parole for robbery, the following day.

He was charged with robbery, grand larceny, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. No weapon was recovered – nor was the bird.

Police said that, following an investigation, they located the bird and returned it to its owner in good condition. They released photos of the family happily reuniting with Cuca Friday.

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