When Connie Barnett’s cockatoo, Patrick, was stolen recently, she
feared she’d never see the crested parrot again. But police were able
to connect some seemingly unrelated dots and reunite the two.
Barnett keeps the bird, which she has raised from an egg, on a
patio behind her hair salon on Burbank Boulevard. She noticed Patrick
was missing June 16, and searched the neighborhood before reporting
him stolen the next day.
The Burbank resident told police that two men had entered her
patio and checked out Patrick the day before he was stolen, and that
she had seen the men hanging around a house in the 1400 block of Rose
It was at that residence on May 30 that police began a car chase
with a woman that a Burbank girl alleged kidnapped and beat her. The
woman was eventually arrested in Hollywood after crashing into
several cars during the pursuit. The runaway girl told police that
residents of a house in Sun Valley beat her and then drove her back
to Burbank. She later retracted her story, and police made no further
But Sgt. William Berry said the incident made them aware of a
connection between the home in Sun Valley and the house on Rose, and
that connection led to the recovery of the cockatoo.
When police searched the home on Telfair Avenue in Sun Valley on
June 18, they not only found Patrick, who Barnett estimated was worth
between $3,000 and $5,000, but recovered a stolen car and stolen
Jon Ferguson, 30, Freddy Alcocer, 40, and Anthony Oliver, 30, all
of Sun Valley, were arrested at the house on suspicion of possessing
stolen property, Berry said.
Barnett said she was amazed when police called to say they had
“I didn’t want to believe it,” she said. “I didn’t want to get
Police asked Barnett how she could verify that the bird was
Patrick, but when she arrived at the home in Sun Valley, the parrot
flew right to her saying “I love you, I love you,” Berry said.
Barnett said she could not thank police enough for reuniting her
with the bird.
“He’s my only companion. He’s my baby,” she said. “It made me very
Finding the bird, Berry said, was simply the result of good police
work by officers who know what’s going on in their community.
“Our officers strive to get to know the people who tend to do bad
things in Burbank and get to know the people that they know,” he