Two men are accused of stealing an assortment of birds from a Rego Park pet store, minutes after trying to burglarize a dental office down the street.
In addition to taking the animals, the pair also swiped bird cages from the Petland Discounts on 63rd Drive near Saunders Street at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday before dumping them in a nearby alleyway, cops said.
The break-in triggered the store alarm and the manager was called, according to police. The birds, which included a white ringneck, a red bronze canary and several varieties of finches, along with three cages, were then found next to the store.
Around 2:55 a.m., the suspects also attempted to burglarize a dentist office, located at 94-24 63rd Drive, but fled without taking anything, officials said.
Police describe both suspects as 17 to 20 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall.
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