Cash, jewellery and beloved parrot - Sky - stolen during Banburyshire home burglary

Cash, jewellery and beloved parrot stolen during two home burglaries on the same Banburyshire Road between Bicester and Brackley.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 6:54 pm
An African grey parrot named 'Sky' was among the property stolen during a home burglary near Croughton South Northamptonshire (Image from the owner Sarah White)
An African grey parrot named 'Sky' was among the property stolen during a home burglary near Croughton South Northamptonshire (Image from the owner Sarah White)

Northamptonshire Police are investigating the burglary of two homes on the road to Pimlico Farm in the small hamlet of Tusmore close to RAF Croughton, on the Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire border.

The burglaries happened at homes next door to each other between 8am and 3.25pm on Friday June 18.

Unknown offender(s) broke into one home and stole cash, a Gucci watch, a wedding ring and an engagement ring. In addition to the jewellery an African grey Parrot named 'Sky' was also stolen.

An African grey parrot named 'Sky' was among the property stolen during a home burglary near Croughton South Northamptonshire (Image from the owner Sarah White)

Cash was stolen during the burglary of the neighbouring second home.

Anyone with information about the burglaries can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 21000339599.

The theft of the jewellery and particularly Sky the parrot has left their owner, Sarah White, devastated. Sarah, who has launched an appeal for help on social media, spoke to the Banbury Guardian about what happened.

Sarah said: "Sky is a 20-year-old pure African Grey Parrot. They've very distinctive markings. She has red on her tail. She's also missing several feathers on her neck and tummy area.

The bedroom after the home burglary on the road to Pimlico Farm in the small hamlet of Tusmore close to RAF Croughton (Image submitted from resident Sarah White)

"She would have put up a good fight. She’s not to be messed with. She doesn't fly, and would've made a lot of noise.

"Her voice is very deep, almost like a man's voice. She makes very distinctive noises: she says, ‘come on‘ all the time. She says her name ‘Sky’ she sings ‘do do do’ and makes kissing noises.

"We think she was bundled into a laundry basket and taken."

The burglary has left Sarah with lots of unanswered questions. She is offering a substantial award for information leading to an arrest and the return of her property, including Sky the parrot.

Sarah added: "She's nervous and scared. Why take my parrot, that's an innocent animal? Why did they have to take my parrot? It's just unnecessary.

"I’m absolutely devastated. I just want her back safe and sound."

Sarah believes the thieves targeted certain items during the break-in. They only took a few items such as a Gucci watch, which has special sentimental value since it was given to her by her sister as a 21st birthday gift.

Two of her grandmother's rings were also stolen, which included an engagement ring which had diamonds and rubies in it dating back to the 1940s.

She said: "The thieves knew exactly what they were doing and went straight for the bedroom.

"The things that meant the world to me and would've been passed down to my daughter were stolen."