A valuable collection of budgies worth more than £60,ooo has been stolen from an elderly breeder in Romsey.
About 400 budgies were stolen from 74-year-old victim had been building up the extensive collection of the birds for over 50 years.
They were in a large locked aviary in his back garden in Upton Crescent which had security lighting.
The thieves struck overnight, sometime between 10pm on Sunday, October 13 and 4.45am on Monday, October 14 the wires to the security lights were cut and the aviary was broken into. The birds were stolen in special transportation cages that belonged to the victim. Only seven birds were left in one cage the thieves left behind.
The budgies are believed to be worth around £60,000. It’s thought the thieves escaped with the birds through a golf course which runs behind the property.
Officers think it is likely more than one person was involved and it would have needed a van or something or a similar size vehicle to take the birds away.
All the bird have rings on their legs with serial numbers on. Officers are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information about where the budgies might be or thinks they may have been offered some for sale to contact them. They are asked to call PC Kat Smith at Romsey Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 25-year-old Southampton man has been arrested in connection with the theft and is being questioned by police.