Between 6.30pm on Tuesday 19th October and 8.30am the following morning, 12 rare Portuguese Harlequin canaries were stolen from an aviary in the back garden of a property on Sunnycroft Hillcrest Avenue.
The birds are described as being of varying colours with a crown on their head and usually sell for £25 each in pet shops. The breed has very distinctive criteria (this Word document identifies many of the types).
“It's possible that these canaries may have been stolen specifically due to their rarity value," says PC Peter Bennett, from Morecambe police. "However, an opportunist theft cannot be ruled out.
“I would appeal to anybody who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously on Sunnycroft Hillcrest Avenue on the evening of Tuesday 19th October to contact police.
“I would also like to speak with anybody who may have recently been offered any canaries for sale in the area.”
• Anybody with any information should contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.