Two Arrested in Riverside Parrot Theft; One Parrot Deceased

Two Arrested in Riverside Parrot Theft; One Parrot Deceased

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RIVERSIDE – The sloppy theft of two macaw parrots led to the arrest of two Riverside men on Friday. The two parrots, valued at over $2000 were stolen from an aviary in the 5700 block of Stover Avenue in the La Sierra Acres neighborhood sometime between June 6th and 8th.

When responding to the report patrol officers found personal property with a name and address at the scene of the theft. Based on the collected information, detectives learned more about one of the suspects and where he hangs out. The suspect was located in the 5400 block of Golden Avenue at Doty-Trust park on Thursday.

The suspect confessed and the West Neighborhood Policing Center was able to collect additional information regarding the identity of the second suspect. The West NPC team responded to the 5500 block of Mitchell Avenue where they located one of the parrots. They later learned that the second parrot died after being carried in a backpack.

The team made contact with the second suspect, convincing him to meet with the officers. He too confessed to his involvement in the theft of the parrots. The two identified as 28-year-old  Diego Armando Osuna and 36-year-old Ezequiel Ortega were taken into custody and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. Both are being held for grand theft, conspiracy to commit grand theft, and cruelty to animals.                      

Anyone who believes that they have information that is pertinent to the case are asked to contact Detective Patrick Young at (951) 353-7953 or

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