November 25, 2013

Missing Arlington macaw found in Hurst

A burlgar broke into Sunrise Automotive in Arlington and took the infamous Captain Jack earlier this month, Arlington police said.

The talkative Captain Jack will be back home.

The stolen macaw has been in an area veterinarian‘s office since last week when he was found by a resident on the side of a Hurst road.

The bird, which was stolen in an Arlington burglary more than a week ago, was dumped out of a sports utility vehicle on Nov. 17 in the 200 block of Arcadia Ave. in Hurst.

“A resident called us after someone tossed him out of a SUV,” said Hurst Assistant Police Chief Richard Winstanley on Monday. “He was taken to a vet and he’s been in good hands ever since. We figured someone would call about him.”

Captain Jack and his owner Bill Salmon were reunited Tuesday morning at Hurst Animal Services.

Hurst police were alerted on Monday about a missing macaw out of Arlington.

Arlington police had appealed for help on Monday for anyone who may have seen the chatty Captain Jack who was taken on Nov. 15 during a burglary at Sunrise Automotive, 3217 E. Pioneer Parkway, in Arlington.

“If someone has him inside a home and Captain Jack wants out, neighbors will know it,” said Salmon on Monday before Captain Jack was found. “He squawks real loud.”

Captain Jack is talkative with a vocabulary of more than 50 words.

“He picks up someone else’s conversation, too,” Salmon said. “After they leave, he’ll repeat everything they have said.”

Arlington police say Salmon found the business burglarized on Nov. 15. The burglars took a vehicle, tools and Captain Jack. The vehicle was found abandoned in Fort Worth the next day.

Captain Jack has been the business’ mascot for about six years.

“Someone bought him at Trader’s Village and brought him to me,” said the 66-year-old Salmon. “During the day, he would stay outside in the tree and we’d bring him in for the night.”

Salmon said Captain Jack, which was the name he had when he was purchased, has flown away a few times, but never too far. He had been kept in a cage for three to four years before he ended up at Sunrise Automotive.

“He’s aggressive and he’ll bite, so I hope no one has hurt him,” Salmon said. “He’s a free spirit. That’s why we’ve kept him outside.”

And he’ll be back home.

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