More than 300 exotic parrots snatched from Fort Myers home

More than 300 exotic parrots snatched from Fort Myers home

By Gabrielle Sarann. CREATED Jun 13, 2012

FORT MYERS - Exotic birds snatched from an East Fort Myers home in the middle of the night. Breeds like parakeets, caiques, even Illinger Macaws that are almost extinct.

"I'm devastated because they're not just birds, they're part of the family," said Sandy Kortz, 69.

When Kortz woke up early Tuesday morning, she discovered more than 325 of her precious babies missing. Their cages ripped open. Half her family stolen while she was sleeping. She suspects the theives were professional.

To make as little noise as possible, Kortz believes the burglars cleaned out the two aviaries farthest from her house. That they jumped the neighbors fence, snatched the birds, and jammed them in cages before taking off.

"The manner in which they were taken, i worry for the health of the birds and everything else," added Kortz.

Breeding beautiful birds means the world to Kortz. Because she doesn't have children, she says they're her life.

"These are my kids, no that's the part that hurts the most," said Kortz.

She's pleading with the burglars to do the right thing.

"I'm asking them to return the birds or anyone knowing of where the birds might be," said Kortz. "Return the birds no questions asked?" questioned Gabrielle Sarann. "Nope, no questions," she replied.

Kortz says she's offering a reward for her birds. But more than anything, she just wants the heartless theives to return her babies.

if you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.