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Pittsfield man steals parrot, bird found safe and sound

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Charles L. Williamson (Photo: Sex Offender Registry Website) Charles L. Williamson (Photo: Sex Offender Registry Website)

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – "Clementine" the parrot stolen from a Petco store in Pittsfield has been found safe and sound, Pittsfield Police report.

According to Pittsfield Police, 52-year-old Charles Williamson, of Pittsfield, was arrested after he walked into the Petco on Merrill Road, stole a $600 Sun Conure parrot named "Clementine" and then tried to sell the bird to a number of Pittsfield bars and businesses. Police say he smuggled the bird out of the store in his hands.

On Sunday night, Pittsfield Police say they found the bird following up on an anonymous tip provided to Petco employees. Officers found the parrot unharmed at a local residence where it was turned over to police and now back in the care of Petco employees. Pittsfield Police say they will release full details shortly.

Police were called to find Williamson at around 3:00 p.m. Friday, after the manager of Petco was approached by him in the parking lot, asking for a ride. When the manager went into the store to investigate the origin of the parrot, the bird's empty cage was discovered.

Soon after being dispatched, the Pittsfield Police Department began receiving reports from local businesses of a man trying to sell a bird. Police say Williamson tried selling the parrot at Fin & Feather Pet Shop, Charlie's, Zen's Pub and The Hot Dog Ranch.

As reports were gathered, police were deployed to the various locations, hoping to find Williamson and the parrot. They were continually just one step behind.

On Saturday, a police officer located and took Williamson into custody, but the parrot was nowhere to be found.

Police say Williamson is a registered Level 3 Sex Offender.

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