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Arg! This lady from Ada stole a parrot…

ada parrot thief

The lady pictured above is Ada-native Dawn Griman.

Last Friday, she made nationwide "News of the Weird" headlines when she was apprehended the day after allegedly stealing a parrot from a Jacksonville-area pet shop. I guess she must really likes annoying animals.


A 47-year old Oklahoma woman was arrested Friday after a bright green parrot was stolen from a St. Augustine pet store the day before, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Dawn Christine Griman of Ada is charged with grand theft, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Surveillance video shows a woman entering the Pet World store in the 3300 block of U.S. 1 just before 3 p.m. and quietly grabbing a green white-eyed conure parrot, the Sheriff’s Office said. The woman walked out the front door with a man and a male child, then drove off in a white or tan Cadillac Escalade.

So her getaway car was an Escalade? That may seem kind of odd, but when you consider it's the luxury car of choice for $30,000-millionaires all over the country, it's not that big of a surprise.

Anyway, how was Dawn caught? Did she have a Jolly Roger flag attached to her ride's antenna? Did someone notice her husband's eye patch and peg leg? Did the parrot call 911 and ask for a cracker?

Friday afternoon a witness saw the Escalade south on U.S. 1 and called the Sheriff’s Office. The Escalade was followed to a Florida 206 convenience store where deputies found the stolen bird on the front seat with the woman, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Well, it's good to know that Florida's new Polly Alert System is working out well. It's sad to admit, but alerts about missing kids and old people kind of blend in after a while, but notifications about missing birds? That's guaranteed to get your attention.

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