Updated: Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011, 5:53 PM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011, 5:07 PM MDT
LA CIENEGA, N.M. (KRQE) - A devastating loss for a La Cienega man whose long time pal Shaka was taken during a burglary at his home.
Charlie Engelke, 69 said he went out for a few hours to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day last Thursday and when he came home he received the shock of a lifetime.
“Everything was just torn to hell, shredded up and I go goodness gracious Shaka and he wasn’t around,” Engelke said.
Shaka is Engelke’s 18-year-old African Congo Grey Parrot. He was spoon-fed and hand-raised by Engelke and his wife, who has since passed away.
Engelke said the culprit broke in through a back bedroom window. In addition to Shaka, the burglar also got away with tools and personal papers.
“Doesn’t mean anything, the tools they took, I can always replace those. I didn’t need much, but I do need him,” Engelke said.
Parrots like Shaka can cost upwards of $1,300, which makes Engelke think the burglar was out to make a quick buck.
“It’s just like somebody knew and had an order for a special bird and they went and got him,” Engelke said.
Officers have some leads but are still investigating the thefts.
There is a $100 dollar reward for Shaka’s safe return.
Anyone with information is asked to called Engelke directly at (505) 819-7527