Stealing a Sony PlayStation makes some sense, for a burglar, and the prescription drugs may be a clue to state of mind.
But why did he have to kill the family’s pet?
A Blue Springs family was awakened just before midnight Tuesday when a thief broke into their home in the 900 block of Northwest Canterbury Drive and caused havoc. According to court records, the burglar took a bottle of prescription medication, a set of keys and the video game player. He placed several DVDs in a duffle bag and disconnected the television.
But the thief also shattered flower pots and picture frames on the floor throughout the home.
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And, it was discovered, he had removed an adult Amazon parakeet from its cage in the living room and killed it in the kitchen.
A woman who lives at the address called police from outside the house to report that her husband was inside with a burglar. When police arrived they court hear an argument inside and officers entered with firearms drawn. The suspect was ordered to the ground, searched and handcuffed.
The husband told police the thief had armed himself with a knife from the kitchen and a pipe he had found at the residence. The homeowner told police he was able to talk the man into putting the weapons down.
Seventeen-year-old Duncan S, Haynie, whose only known address was a Blue Springs hotel room, was charged Wednesday with first-degree burglary and theft. The parakeet was valued at $1,800 and the rest of the loss and damage at $2,350.
Court records do not indicate how the suspect killed the bird.