Collier County sheriff's deputies recovered a parrot stolen from an East Naples pet store.
Timothy Mark Thompson, 52, of the 5300 block of Summerwind Drive, North Naples, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of grand theft in connection with the Sept. 22 theft of a Jenday Conure parrot valued at $380 from Pet Supermarket, 2416 U.S. 41 E.
Sgt. Mark Williamson said he was driving his agency vehicle on Shadowlawn Drive near Davis Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. when he spotted Thompson walking on Davis toward Airport-Pulling Road. Thompson resembled the man captured on store surveillance footage taking the bird.
Thompson was carrying a white shopping bag when Williamson stopped to talk to him at a gas station at the intersection of Davis and Airport-Pulling. Thompson told the detective that there were four puffer fish inside the bag and that he had just come from an aquarium store, Williamson said.
“He said, ‘We have over 500 animals where I live,’” Williamson said. “Then I knew it was him.”
Thompson told the detective working the case that all his animals were at his estranged wife’s Golden Gate Estates home. He said he had many birds there, but no Conures.
Thompson's wife told the detective that Thompson moved out of the home on14th Street Southeast about four months ago, but would still come by to care for some of the animals. He brought a Jenday Conure to the house, she said, and left it two or three weeks ago.
Thompson's wife invited the detective into her home and showed her the Jenday Conure that Thompson had left there. Further investigation revealed it was the bird that had been stolen from Pet Supermarket.