Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Firearms and a parrot stolen from a South Beach apartment
Miami New Times ^ | December 29, 2009 | Francisco Alvarado

Posted on 12/29/2009 5:21:24 PM PST by TEXOKIE

Michael Beasley hobbled up the stairs leading to his second-floor apartment near the southern tip of Miami Beach. On the way home from Haulover Park, the 60-year-old Jacksonville native had purchased a couple of burgers for himself and his beloved green Amazon parrot, Seaweed. Then something startled Beasley. His front door had been pried open.

Normally, Seaweed would squawk the greeting, "Hey, how ya doing?" But this time there was silence.

Beasley, who walks with a cane because of a back injury, limped into his living room. The bird and his six-foot domed cage were gone. So were the 32-inch plasma TV set and the DVD player. He continued into the bedroom and found the closet door open.

After peering inside, he turned pale. Burglars had stolen his and his wife's prized gun collection. Among the missing firearms: seven handguns (including a .357-caliber Ruger), a pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun, two SKS 72 assault rifles, and three Heckler & Koch machine guns that can fire 1,200 to 1,300 rounds per minute. "These guns use bullets that chew through stucco and that can take people out in a drive-by," Beasley explains. "Whoever stole my guns has a tremendous amount of firepower. They hit the jackpot."

The bold daytime heist provides a glimpse into the alarming number of high-powered rifles and machine guns that are stolen every year. Many end up in the hands of criminals...

SNIP

(Excerpt) Read more at miaminewtimes.com ...


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: banglist
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-63 next last
Thought the banglist people might like to see this one. I thought it also interesting that a parrot was involved!

Further down in the article it says that Michael Beasley actually had an idea of who took the collection. The guy and his accomplices have not been caught.

1 posted on 12/29/2009 5:21:24 PM PST by TEXOKIE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

Doesn’t bode well for the parrot. These guys gotta know the bird is gonna’ talk.


2 posted on 12/29/2009 5:24:47 PM PST by Never on my watch (The It is Not Terrorism Task Force (INTTF) is heading to the scene now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Never on my watch

eggszactly!


3 posted on 12/29/2009 5:28:02 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("'Diversity' is one of those words designed to absolve you of the need to think." Mark Steyn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Never on my watch

LOL!


4 posted on 12/29/2009 5:28:12 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE
Firearms and a parrot stolen from a South Beach apartment

Bush has them both.

5 posted on 12/29/2009 5:29:17 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

armor-piercing handguns? machine guns? I think even the parrot could have written a better report than Francisco Alvarado, “reporter”


6 posted on 12/29/2009 5:32:00 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("'Diversity' is one of those words designed to absolve you of the need to think." Mark Steyn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

If you can afford full-auto firearms, you can afford a safe.


7 posted on 12/29/2009 5:35:41 PM PST by Disambiguator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE
"The bold daytime heist provides a glimpse into the alarming number of high-powered rifles and machine guns that are stolen every year. Many end up in the hands of criminals..."

By definition, if they are stolen, aren't they all in the hands of criminals?

8 posted on 12/29/2009 5:37:57 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snurple
Bush has them both.

No, newbie.

This has Carl Rove written all over it.

9 posted on 12/29/2009 5:38:11 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

I hope Seaweed gets back home OK.


10 posted on 12/29/2009 5:38:46 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (GOP: Stop listening, start doing -- we need new leaders!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Never on my watch

***Doesn’t bode well for the parrot. These guys gotta know the bird is gonna’ talk.***

It’s a parrot, not a stool pigeon!;-D


11 posted on 12/29/2009 5:40:59 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Are my guns loaded? Break in and find out.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

The guy has 3 H&K’s and no safe down on south beach where you have loads of low lifes and marielitos? Idiot. Poor parrot.


12 posted on 12/29/2009 5:41:54 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LasVegasMac
No, newbie.

That was uncalled for, NEWBIE! Who are you to challenge anyone's enrollment here?

13 posted on 12/29/2009 5:43:23 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Never on my watch

Maybe he’s not a stool pigeon...


14 posted on 12/29/2009 5:48:19 PM PST by njslim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE
Seaweed: AWK! pssst, he's in the closet armed,fed me stale crackers,better use a grenade"
15 posted on 12/29/2009 5:50:32 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; TigersEye
The most significant question is:

Is the parrot trained in the use of firearms?

If not, our limping dude has missed the boat for sure.

Never leave a parrot in a room alone with guns!

16 posted on 12/29/2009 5:53:30 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Snurple
Check out Snurple's bio... she's cute!

By the by, full auto weapons, just chillin' in the closet? If true, this genius is in heap big trouble. Or am I mistaken about STRICT requirements for keeping such weapons secure?

17 posted on 12/29/2009 6:07:32 PM PST by InkStone (PERMISSVM QVIETVS CANIS RECVBO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

Parrots do not make good security systems. Get a safe.AWB


18 posted on 12/29/2009 6:11:33 PM PST by Americanwolfsbrother (2010 - Throw every incumbent in Washington out on their asses!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: InkStone; Snurple

***Check out Snurple’s bio... she’s cute!***

I did! Whew! At lest she didn’t call me a freak!


19 posted on 12/29/2009 6:18:12 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Are my guns loaded? Break in and find out.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Candor7
Candor7

His bio is a MUST READ !!!

20 posted on 12/29/2009 6:26:34 PM PST by InkStone (PERMISSVM QVIETVS CANIS RECVBO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE
The bold daytime heist provides a glimpse into the alarming number of high-powered rifles and machine guns that are stolen every year. Many end up in the hands of criminals...

It is alarming that so many home burglaries occur. But there aren't many crimes committed with high-powered rifles and hardly any with machine guns.

Nice try at the liberal anti-gun hysteria angle. Better than the average hack jourbalist.

21 posted on 12/29/2009 6:41:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Candor7
Never leave a parrot in a room alone with guns!

Arrrrr, parrots, matey! Can't leave 'em in the galley, can't leave 'em in the armory. Thars a reason pirates always have 'em on their shoulders.

The l'il monkeys are no better neither.

22 posted on 12/29/2009 6:49:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

If you have a Parrot, make sure he doesn’t overhear the Combination for your Gun Safe.


23 posted on 12/29/2009 6:57:03 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Election 2010. No RATS, No RINOS...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

“the parrot was involved”
Sounds like an inside job...imagining a parrot in a police line up, witnesses carefully comparing pictures of parrot mugshots, a police sketch artist drawing the beak a little longer per request, the neighbors arguing over whether he really was all that ‘quiet’ but agreeing that he ‘always kept to himself’


24 posted on 12/29/2009 6:57:13 PM PST by ransomnote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE; NFHale; hiredhand; Squantos; rabscuttle385; sickoflibs; DoughtyOne
ping for obambams daddy-bird...

when asked a suitable name for a marxist-muslim baby...he said 'Barak' !!!

25 posted on 12/29/2009 7:53:20 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: InkStone

You’re mistaken.

There are no rules about storage, except that they have to be at the licensed premises or in posession of the owner.

None of this sounds right.


26 posted on 12/29/2009 8:12:22 PM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE
In Opa-locka, Capt. Rex Galindo says his department has confiscated more than 20 stolen assault rifles and seven Belgium-made F/N semiautomatic armor-piercing handguns in the past two months.

I think Capt. Rex Galindo is a liar. Handguns can't pierce armor. Only the ammo can be armor-piercing and armor-piercing ammo is illegal.

"Criminals can get an AK-47 on the street for $200," says Miami Gardens Police Capt. Rafael Suarez, "or just steal one."

I think Miami Gardens Police Capt., Rafael Suarez, is also a liar. It would be difficult to get an AK-47 for $200 in the ME and they are cheaper there than almost anyplace in the world.

Since June 2007, 70 AK-47s and other similar assault rifles have been recovered through the county's gun bounty program, which pays $1,000 to those who turn in people with illegal weapons.

Gee, I certainly hope your informants signed an affidavit and you obtained a legal warrant for those arrests. Look for this tactic to spread.

27 posted on 12/29/2009 9:12:42 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TEXOKIE

28 posted on 12/30/2009 11:47:44 AM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snurple

LOL!


29 posted on 12/30/2009 12:06:36 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: NonValueAdded

LOL! Good point!


30 posted on 12/30/2009 12:07:19 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Disambiguator

One would think so!


31 posted on 12/30/2009 12:08:18 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Sooth2222

LOL!! Outstanding observation, imho!


32 posted on 12/30/2009 12:09:10 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Fast Moving Angel

Me too. I really do like birds.


33 posted on 12/30/2009 12:10:38 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

*Giggle!*


34 posted on 12/30/2009 12:11:29 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Frantzie

It doesnt seem like good judgment, does it?


35 posted on 12/30/2009 12:12:50 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: njslim

*Grin*


36 posted on 12/30/2009 12:14:07 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Doogle

ROFL!

You made me think of my favorite parrot joke of all time:

The cartoon of an elderly lady with a box of crackers and her parrot on the perch stand is glaring at her saying, “POLLY HAS A CRACKER - POLLY WANTS DIP!!!!”


37 posted on 12/30/2009 12:17:11 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Candor7

*Chuckle*


38 posted on 12/30/2009 12:18:05 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Americanwolfsbrother

LOL!


39 posted on 12/30/2009 12:19:51 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

Well said.


40 posted on 12/30/2009 12:24:40 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

*Chortle!!*


41 posted on 12/30/2009 12:25:48 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Kickass Conservative

Excellent point! LOL!


42 posted on 12/30/2009 12:27:04 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

:-D

I guess I could have chosen my words better in my summation of the rest of the article....but I like what you’ve done with them! LOL!


43 posted on 12/30/2009 12:29:18 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Gilbo_3

Helpless gales of laughter!


44 posted on 12/30/2009 12:30:08 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: sig226

Interesting


45 posted on 12/30/2009 12:32:31 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

THanks for the informational and thoughtful post. Very interesting observations.


46 posted on 12/30/2009 12:35:20 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: real saxophonist

WHat a great picture!


47 posted on 12/30/2009 12:36:22 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: amom; Kathy in Alaska; wagglebee; Alamo-Girl; eeevil conservative; tiredoflaundry; PhiKapMom; ...

Pinging you for what you might find to be a funny thread about birds and guns!


48 posted on 12/30/2009 12:39:50 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Disambiguator
If you can afford full-auto firearms, you can afford a safe.

The parrot probably cost as much as all of the firearms combined. You would think he could afford a safe AND a security system.

49 posted on 12/30/2009 12:50:40 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

I take a couple of those $200 AKs. You know, just because they seem to be on sale down there.


50 posted on 12/30/2009 12:58:46 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I have lived here all my life, and now is the first time I am ashamed of my country)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-63 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson