The Dutch police put a "sneaky witness" behind the bars after its owner was arrested for shoplifting. The cops shared a photo of the bird placed in the cell along with some bread. Take a look:


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Dutch police put a "sneaky witness" behind the bars after its owner was arrested for shoplifting. | Image Courtesy: Instagram/politieutrechtcentrum 
The incident went viral on Twitter after local media put a little black bar on the bird to protect its identity

Utrecht, Netherlands: In a bizarre incident, the Dutch police allegedly arrested a bird suspected for helping its owner in shoplifting. The police in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, found the "sneaky witness" when they were arresting a man for shoplifting. The bird was sitting on the shoulder of the thief.

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The police took to Instagram to share a photo of the bird placed in a cell. "During the arrest, we found a sneaky witness with feathers and beak on the suspect"s shoulder. As we don"t have a birdcage, this bird had no other place to stay than in the cell," the cops wrote.


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 photo shows that the feathery partner-in-crime was provided with some bread and water by the cops. The little bird was "well cared for".


Thinking about how the Dutch police arrested a bird for taking part in a robbery, put it in a jail cell with bread and water & when the media reported on it they put a little black bar over the face to protect its identity pic.twitter.com/2ly0zsoAw6

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The story went viral on Twitter after local media reported the incident by putting "a little black bar over the face to protect its identity".

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We dutch don"t discriminate. No matter what species you are, you commit crime, you will do the time!

— DEBAAS (

A third user noted, "We dutch don"t discriminate. No matter what species you are, you commit crime, you will do the time!"


Wow he scratched “right to remain silent” into the bed. This bird ain’t no snitch

— jackie (

Yet another wrote, "Wow he scratched “right to remain silent” into the bed. This bird ain’t no snitch."

The cops later updated, "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," the police added with humour.