Budgies worth £60k stolen

Police have launched an investigation after more than 400 budgies were stolen from a breeder in Romsey.

Man bailed in connection with budgie thefts

Budgie in cage
Man bailed in connection with budgie thefts Credit: ITV Meridian

A man arrested in connection with the theft of more than 400 budgies in Hampshire, has been released on bail.

The birds, which are worth around £60,000 were stolen from a breeder in Romsey at the weekend.

Police tell us say they still haven't been found.

Man released on bail after 400 budgies stolen

A 25-year old Southampton man has been released on bail after being arrested in connection with 400 missing budgies.

No birds have yet been recovered and the police are still appealing for information about the whereabouts of the birds.

The man is on bail until January 2nd 2014 while enquiries continue.

The budgies are thought to be worth around £60,000 and were taken sometime between the evening of Sunday 13th October and the early hours of Monday 14th October.

The birds were kept in a large garage at the end of the breeders home in Upton Crescent, Southampton.

Police believe the thieves escaped with the birds through a golf course which runs behind the property.

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Over 400 budgies stolen from breeder

More than 400 budgies have been stolen from a breeder in Romsey.

They are thought to be worth around £60,000.

The 74-year-old victim had been collecting the birds for over 50 years.

They were in a large, locked aviary in his back garden in Upton Crescent, which also had security lighting.

The budgies are thought to have been stolen some time between 10pm on Sunday 13th October and 4:45am on Monday 14th October.

The birds were stolen in special transportation cages that belonged to the victim.

Only 7 birds were left in one cage the thieves left behind.

Police believe the thieves escaped with the birds through a golf course which runs behind the property.

All the birds have rings on their legs with serial numbers on.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses. Please call PC Kat Smith at Romsey Police Station on 101.