An experienced Yorkshire canary breeder has offered a £1,000 reward for the safe return of his 69 canaries, stolen on the morning of Wednesday September 29.
John Weston, 74, of Buxton in Derbyshire, believes the theft of his entire stock was meticulously planned.
He told Cage & Aviary Birds: “I can hardly believe it. It’s just ten days before I start showing. It’s definitely someone in the fancy, believe me. It wasn’t yobbos. I had new, valuable machinery in a specially built new shed right next to my birdroom, and that wasn’t touched. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”
The thieves broke in to Mr Weston’s birdroom between 6pm the night before and when the birdroom was discovered empty the next morning. The mortice lock had been shattered and all 69 birds and some show cages were gone.
Mr Weston, who has bred Yorkshire’s for more than 50 years and is a judge, said: “There were some right good birds there. I’d bred 38 this year and there were at least six really good ones. If you’ve been in birds for 50 years, you know what you’ve got.”
He added. “I’ll give £1,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the return of my birds. If they’re going to be saved, we need information quickly.”
Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously. Tel: 0800 555 111.
A longer version of this story first appeared in our October 6 issue.