||Petty Theft / Possession of Stolen Property / Conspiracy
||May 8, 2019
||May 7, 2019
||Birds-N-Paradise – 27000 Block of Encanto Drive, Menifee, CA
||Sergeant Michael Hamilton
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 11:22 AM, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received a call for assistance after a Dusky Conure parrot was stolen from the Birds-N-Paradise store, located in the 27000 Block of Encanto Drive in the City of Menifee. When deputies arrived, they learned an adult female removed the parrot from its perch and placed it into her jacket while an adult male acted as a distraction to store employees. The suspects then quickly drove away from the store.
Deputies alerted the Perris Station Burglary Suppression Team (BST), and they deployed to assist in the investigation. Deputy Dan Brown acquired additional evidence of the theft and immediately began an intensive search of numerous databases in an attempt to identify the suspects.
Later that evening, Deputy Brown developed evidence that positively identified 36-year-old Gloria DeLeon as the individual who stole the bird from the store and 36-year-old Al Smith as her accomplice. Deputy Brown and Deputy Manny Campos drove to DeLeon and Smith’s residence, located in the 600 Block of Carson Street in the City of Hemet.
Deputy Brown located the stolen parrot inside the residence, safe and unharmed. He and Deputy Campos reunited the Dusky Conure with the store’s owner. DeLeon and Smith were arrested and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for the following charges:
- Petty Theft
- Possession of Known Stolen Property
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Dan Brown at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Perris Station by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.