LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Detectives Friday identified a 42-year-old man who is suspected of stealing exotic birds from a home in Long Beach.
According to the Long Beach Police Department, Jose Jesus Zermeno entered the backyard of a home located in the 6700 block of Harbor Avenue on May 4, and stole five exotic birds — two Crimson Rosellas, two Golden Mantle Rosellas, and one African Grey Parrot — from separate cages.READ MORE: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With Cancer
Video surveillance captured him climbing over the fence into the backyard, opening birdcages, removing the birds, and handing them over the fence to a second suspect, police said.
A third suspect was captured driving a red Ford Ranger truck to commit the crime.
Around 5 a.m. on Thursday, an officer spotted the truck in the area of Wardlow Road and Atlantic Avenue, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.READ MORE: Malibu's Leo Carrillo State Park Partially Reopens This Weekend; Pacific Coast Highway Down To 1 Lane In Ventura County To Repair Surf Erosion
Officers said the driver of the vehicle failed to stop, and led the officer on a short vehicle pursuit.
According to police, the officer lost sight of the truck, which was later found abandoned in the 2200 block of Cedar Avenue.
Detectives described Zermeno as a Hispanic man who has a medium build, and stands about 5-foot-3 tall.
The second suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is between the ages of 25 to 30-years-old, stands no taller than 6-feet-tall, and weighs no more than 200 pounds.
A description of the third suspect remains unknown at this time.MORE NEWS: Meat Loaf, Entertainer Known For 'I'd Do Anything For Love,' Countless Other Hits, Dies At 74
Anyone with information regarding Zermeno’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Burglary Detail at (562) 570-7351.