The early bird catches the thief.

A parrot helped to catch a serial burglar after raising the alarm during a nighttime break-in.

Jake Fletcher, 24, was jailed for two years after Charlie, an orange-winged Amazon parrot, scuppered his raid on three houses on the same street. A court was told that the alarm was raised when Fletcher broke into the final house. He was met in the living room by Charlie, who started squawking loudly. The bird’s owner, Emma Dazeley, 41, was woken by the racket and came downstairs to investigate.

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