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50 Birds, Two Monkeys Stolen from Exotic Pet Store

The owner of a Kissimmee exotic pet store said she is holding onto hope after someone broke into her business and stole dozens of birds and two monkeys.

Hilda Matthew said the break-in happened late Thursday night at her store, HSL Animal Paradise. She said the suspect broke a hole in the back of the business and then disconnected the security cameras.

“It was just a huge hole in the wall that they broke and they came through there,” Matthews said.

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But before the cameras were disconnected, one camera captured video showing someone breaking into the back room. Matthews said she didn’t realize what happened until Friday morning when she opened the store.

“[I] started looking around. Birds had been missing. I was shocked,” she said.

In total, Matthews said 50 birds and two monkeys were stolen. Kissimmee police estimated the exotic animals are worth $60,000…

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