A cockatoo that was stolen from a local pet store last week has been returned after a woman called the store asking how to take care of it.
Lawrence police on Sunday reported that the bird, a white cockatoo with a yellow crest valued at $1,800, was stolen from the business after its telephone lines were cut and glass on the front doors were broken.
The theft occurred between 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, police reported.
Sherry Emerson, co-owner of the store, said that on Friday, a woman called the store and said she had recently purchased a cockatoo for $30 but didn't know how to care for it.
After obtaining a description of the bird, store employees contacted police, and went with them to the woman's home, where the bird was recovered. It is doing fine, Emerson said.
Police were investigating how the woman came into possession of the bird and who sold it to her.
The bird in last week's incident is not the same bird that was stolen from Pet World in March.
In that incident, a parrot was stolen but then returned to PetCare, on South Iowa Street, a few days later.