Kidnapped chicken Heckle has come home to roost after being found by retired librarian Nancy Rebore, while jogging at Belmont Lake State Park two miles from the abduction site at BJT's Jungle Pet Store in West Islip, NY.
According to Tom Neihoff, who co-owns Jungle Pet with brothers Bill and Johnny, the black Silky chicken was snatched by a burglar caught on video surveillance, who also stole koi and turtles worth more than $1,000 around 5:30 am on October 8th. Although the robber tried to catch Heckle’s brother Jeckle with a pillowcase, the frightened bird was able to dodge him over and over again.
Rebore (who had heard about the "foul play" at the pet store from her husband) spotted Heckle bird hiding in some weeds and clucked at him softly while waiting for Bill Neihoff to come catch his frightened bird. “He got very nervous when I really got in front of him,” she commented.
“After the birdnapping, Jeckle wouldn’t stop crowing as he roamed the yard,” commented Tom, “The two are like peas in a pod, and its kind of cute the way they have been happily grooming each other and eating night crawlers together since Heckle’s return.”
Note: There has been no word of any arrests in the case as yet. Anyone with information can contact the Suffolk County Police Dept. in W. Babylon at 631 854-8100