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Would-Be Bird Thief Threatens 69-Year-Old Man's Life, Steals Laptop

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Police are looking for a man who tried to steal a parakeet and two parrots from a home in Orange County, reports City News Service.

The suspect, who's described as a 25 to 30-year-old Latino male with a thick black moustache, was reportedly trying to take the birds from the back yard of a house in Anaheim when the resident, a 69-year-old man, confronted him and asked him what he was doing.

At that point, the would-be bird thief showed the resident a gun, which sent the resident running back inside the house and into the bathroom for cover. But the thief followed, kicked down the door to the bathroom and pointed the gun at the man's head. As he was pleading for his life, his daughter, who was also home, started screaming, prompting the burglar to grab a laptop and a cell phone and beat it out of there, leaving the birds where he found them.

Truth is stranger than fiction.