From the Times Ledger:
A Bayside Juliet has been left lonely after her Romeo was snatched last week in front of a floral shop on Bell Boulevard.
Greg Amentas, owner of Bayside Florist at 39-19 Bell Blvd., said he was hoping police would find Romeo, a five-year-old Sun Conure parrot, after the bird was stolen from his cage in front of his flower shop June 22.
The thief left Juliet, a cockatiel, by herself in the cage.
“The whole neighborhood is upset,” Amentas said. “Everyone is used to stopping by and talking to the bird. People have been coming by and saying, ‘Oh, my God, what happened to him?’”
Amentas said the bird was taken from the cage around 1 p.m. A man loading a truck across the street from the florist ran into the store and told Amentas the thief had reached into the cage, removed Romeo and fled down Bell Boulevard before turning onto 40th Avenue.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man of an indeterminate age who was wearing a gray hat and stood about 5 feet 7 inches.
Romeo is orange and yellow with green stripes on his wing. Sun Conures, which can cost up to $800 at a pet store, are native to northeastern South America.
(Note: Photo is of a Sun Conure, but not the actual stolen bird)