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Parrot theft suspect arrested

Daniel Ibuado, 44 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of the two brothers charged in the January theft of a pair of pricey parrots from a Northeast Heights pet store is now behind bars.

Daniel Ibuado, 44, was transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center from El Paso Thursday, according to online jail records. His brother, Medardo Ibuado, 36, is still at large.

The birds are also still missing.

Albuquerque police filed arrest warrants for the men in late January.

Surveillance video of the theft showed two men running out of Petland, on Paseo del Norte NE near Louisiana, with the parrots – a scarlet macaw worth $2,800 and a Timneh African grey worth $2,200 – under their jackets. Employees and customers can be seen chasing the men out of the store as the birds flap their wings and screech.

The store’s owner, Terri Hallberg, shared the video on Facebook and local media and tips poured in pointing to the brothers, according to their arrest warrants filed in Metropolitan Court.

On Friday, Hallberg said she is happy to hear at least one of the suspect is behind bars but she is still holding out hope that the parrots will be found safe.

“It would be lovely if we could actually get the birds back and celebrate that,” Hallberg said.