Stolen Macaw Parrot Reunited with Owner

8:48 AM, Apr 28, 2011   |    comments
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"Blue" the Macaw Parrot was returned to his owner Wendy Vachon.

Pittsburgh, PA (KDKA) -- The bird's name is Blue, and he was stolen from a house in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, in suburban Philadelphia in the beginning of February.

On Tuesday morning, police found Blue and arrested Jonathan Butruch at a house on Mount Washington after they say the people he was staying with posted pictures of the bird on Facebook.

Police had been investigating Butruch in connection with other burglaries and suspect he tried to cash in Blue to support a drug habit.

Detective Bob Harbaugh said, "I believe that he tried to pawn it at one point."

Blue was stolen from the home of Wendy Vachon, Butruch's ex-girlfriend, who Tuesday drove five hours to reclaim her bird whom she believed she would never see again.

And she was effusive in her praise for Detective Harbaugh.

Vachon said, "The man does not know me. We've only spoken on the phone, and I live five hours away. If it was not for him and his efforts, and the efforts of the Coaldale Police Department, this would have never happened."

Blue is headed back home and Butruch has found a new home at the Allegheny County Jail.

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