This incident is bizarre. Cute. And funny at the same time. Ever seen a policeman arresting a bird for shoplifting? Well, this actually happened and for real. Not in India, but in the Netherlands.   

Not only the Dutch police arrested that tiny yellow and green parakeet bird, but they also kept it in custody.

But, there is a twist.

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An old pic of a police officer carrying a parrot after a raid on alleged drug dealers in Piaui state, Brazil, April 25, 2019. | source: Youtube (image used for representational purpose only)

This cute bird was not the criminal. But a partner in crime, and was sitting atop the man’s shoulder when he violated the law. While arresting the offender, the police also arrested that little feathery friend.

This viral post was shared on Instagram by the Politie Utrecht Centrum, who jokingly mentioned, “We recently arrested a suspect for shoplifting. During the arrest, we found a sneaky witness with feathers and beak on the suspect’s shoulder.


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Update!!!! Hi, this bird sat on the shoulder of a thief we arrested for shoplifting. As we don ‘t have a birdcage, this bird had no other place to stay than in the cell. His owner agreed to this. When the owner was released shortly after, the bird accompanied him. The bird has not been questioned and is as far as we know not guilty of any charges 😁👮‍♂️ . . Onlangs hebben wij een verdachte aangehouden voor een winkeldiefstal. Tijdens de aanhouding vonden wij een stiekeme getuige met veren en snavel op de schouder van de verdachte. Tijdens de insluiting op ons bureau kwamen wij er tot onze schrik achter dat wij niet in het bezit zijn van een vogelcel of kooi…. Na goed overleg met de verdachte hebben wij ze samen ingesloten🐦… *en uiteraard goed verzorgd! #puc #dieren #bird #politieutrechtcentrum #politie #utrecht #jailbird

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The caring cops also provided some bread and water to the cute birdie who was sitting on the suspect’s shoulder. The post also mentioned that “During the confinement on our desk, we were shocked to find out that we are not in possession of a bird cell or cage. After proper consultation with the suspect, we have enclosed them together.

Further, the police added that they were taking good care of the bird.

Not just Instagram, but the video also became viral on Twitter. Also, to protect the tiny suspect’s identity, a black bar was used in the picture to protect its identity. The netizens are going aww over this cute bird and may want it to be freed as well. But, if you scroll down and check the reactions, no doubt you will have a laughter blast. 

According to a news report, the cops also mentioned the suspect and his little partner-in-crime were released shortly after and that “the  bird has not been questioned and as far as we know, not guilty of any charges.

Here is what netizens are saying-