Police have arrested a thief after he took flight with 11 expensive racing pigeons from a residential complex and ate them.

The owner of the birds, surnamed Yuan, reported they where missing on June 25 when he went to feed them. And when a CCTV monitor was checked, to see of there whereabouts, it revealed an empty-handed man entering the residential complex at 2pm where Yuan kept his prized birds. He exited the entrance with a bag in his hand 13 minutes later. Further footage revealed the man riding away on a tricycle, used to recycle waste cardboard.

Police eventually arrested the man, surnamed Zi, in his 60s, who admitted to taking the birds. Zi told them he had taken some drink on that day and stole the pigeons after he found that a gate to the pigeonhole was open.

Police informed the thief that the racing pigeons were expensive, with the cheapest among them priced at 3,000 yuan (US$442). Zi, from Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, said he was unaware of their value. He thought they were just ordinary pigeons and boiled them to eat.

Yuan has only three racing pigeons left.


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