QUOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The desperate search continues for a stolen bald eagle with one wing on Long Island.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers says it’s offering an up-to-$5,000 reward in the case. The Nassau County SPCA is offering one, as well.READ MORE: FBI Says Body Found In Grand Teton National Park Believed To Be Gabby Petito
The 35-year-old bald eagle, nicknamed Sammy, was taken from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge earlier this week.READ MORE: Public School 79 In East Harlem To Remain Closed Due To COVID-19 Cluster; Remote Learning In Place Until Sept. 28
Police said the suspect had to cut through multiple fences to steal the bird from its enclosure.
“We try to keep our cages really secure. Secure for people’s safety, secure for the animal’s safety. Padlocked, closed up. They broke in, cut in through the cage, and stole him,” said Marisa Nelson of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. “We have no idea right now who took the bird. We are certainly concerned about his welfare, and right now time is of the essence.”MORE NEWS: NYC Restaurant Owners Sound Off On Vaccine Mandate
Sammy had been at the refuge for decades since his right wing had to be amputated after a gunshot wound.