TREMONT — Cops are looking for a pilfered parrot that was taken from its owner during an armed robbery and hawked for cash.
Police said that ex-con Darryyl Walker, 53, followed the green parrot, Cuca, and her owner, a 67-year-old woman, into their home in the Morris Housing Complex on Monday at 3 p.m.
Walker, who cops said was believed to be armed with a gun, allegedly rode the elevator up to the eleventh floor, stole the parrot, and fled the building.
A video released by the NYPD shows Walker, wearing a white cap, riding up the elevator with the woman and the bird, which was still in its cage.
Another surveillance video shows Walker running down the stairs of the housing project, cage in hand.
After calling 911, police responded and managed to use surveillance video from the department's Viper cameras to track Walker to his apartment on Washington Avenue.
On Tuesday, cops arrested Walker, who was on parole for robbery after being released from Edgecombe Correctional Facility in January.
He confessed to stealing the bird and selling it, cops said. Police did not find a weapon in his apartment.
Walker was charged with robbery, grand larceny, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He was brought to Bronx Criminal Court on Wednesday, where a judge set his bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, records show.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cuca is encouraged to contact the NYPD using the department's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.