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Man arrested for taking, releasing former girlfriend’s pet bird

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Eric Javonta Garvin, 29, was arrested yesterday after a woman he had previously dated reported that her pet bird, a Black Headed Caique she’d had for ten years, was missing.

The victim’s Ring camera showed Garvin’s car driving by and also showed Garvin approaching the front door and then covering the camera lens. She said she had been upstairs during the incident and that the bird hadn’t made any noise, probably because it was familiar with Garvin.

When a deputy made contact with Garvin, he admitted to being in the area at the time of the burglary as part of his duties as a package delivery driver. When asked about the well-being of the bird, Garvin denied killing it but said he released it. The investigation found that Garvin allegedly entered the residence without permission from the victim, took the bird from its cage, took it outside, and released it.

Garvin has been charged with burglary of an occupied structure and grand theft. Garvin is being held on $8,000 bond.

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