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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:33 a.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Parrot thief arrested

Advertiser Staff

An apparent plan to abduct a parrot mascot from Coconut Willy's bar and grill at the International Market Place in Waikiki was foiled yesterday by a pair of quick-thinking security guards, police said.

About 5:30 a.m., one of the guards saw a 27-year-old man walking through the popular warren of shops carrying a parrot that bore a striking resemblance to the bird kept at Coconut Willy's.

One of the security guards detained the man while a second guard checked at Coconut Willy's and found the bird cage toward the back of the restaurant was empty.

The Coconut Willy's owner was summoned, arrived a short time later and identified the bird as belonging to the bar and grill, police said. He estimated the value of the bird at about $2,000.

Police were called and arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree theft, a felony.

Man arrested using counterfeit bill

A 48-year-old homeless man was arrested yesterday morning at a McCully-area convenience mart after he allegedly tried to use a counterfeit bill to pay for gasoline.

Police said the man went to the mart on South King Street about 6:20 a.m., pumped $25 of fuel into his car and gave the attendant five $5 bills.

The clerk checked each of the bills and found one that appeared to be bogus. He called police, who responded and arrested the man on suspicion of first-degree forgery. While the suspect was being searched, a counterfeit $50 bill was found on him, police said.

The suspect was released without charges pending further investigation.