February 18, 2019
A beloved cat named Ashes that lives in a Reading, Berks County, shop was stolen this weekend, authorities said.
The Central Berks Regional Police are investigating an incident that occurred after 3 a.m. Sunday after three suspects backed a silver car into the front door of Diane's Pet Center at 3001 Perkiomen Ave., according to a Facebook post from police.
After the suspects forced the door open, they allegedly stole a parrot with green and red coloring, along with its cage and Ashes the cat.
"It was discovered that the persons involved had then forced the door open and removed a green and red parrot with a white cap in its white cage - as well as "Ashes", the store's beloved pet cat," police said on Facebook.
The store's owner told NBC10 she had been bird-sitting the parrot for a friend, and it's worth more than $1,000. She also said Ashes had been returned by Monday morning.
Anyone with information regarding the theft should contact Officer Matthew Rissmiller or Detective Sgt. Deron Manndel at (610) 779-1100, or via Berks Radio at (610) 655-4911.