Citizen Tip Leads to Two Arrests and Return of Stolen Birds

Citizen Tip Leads to Two Arrests and Return of Stolen Birds

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LOMA LINDA – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Central Station conducted an investigation into the theft of two parrots, “Fred” and “Ghost”. The parrots were stolen from a Loma Linda home on Friday, November 11, 2016. Witness information provided a somewhat vague description of the suspects and vehicle involved in the theft.

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, deputies and detectives received a call from a local citizen who saw news coverage on social media and reported the possible whereabouts of the parrots. The information provided led detectives to the 170 block of East 9th street in the City of San Bernardino where they made contact with 41-year-old Yesenia Castro. After speaking with Castro, one of the stolen parrots was recovered.

Investigations led detectives to a Bloomington address, where they made contact with 27-year-old Fabian Constantino and the second parrot “Fred” was located. Both Castro and Constantino were transported to the Central Station for interviews and were subsequently arrested for grand theft animal. 

Constantino and Castro are scheduled for an arraignment hearing at the San Bernardino Superior Court on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, both are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Constantino is also being held for a probation violation for an unrelated theft charge.

Both parrots, according to Sheriff’s officials, are doing well and have been returned to their owner.

The booking photos of the suspects are being released as deputies believe they may be involved in additional thefts in an around the Loma Linda area. Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the suspects is urged to contact the Detective Bureau at (909) 387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on


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