Authorities are in pursuit of a suspected shoplifting “family” after a daring theft of approximately £350 worth of plush toys from a wildlife park’s gift shop. The audacious act was captured on CCTV footage at the Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary in Hale, Cornwall, on August 26. This sanctuary houses a diverse array of over 1200 birds and animals.
Upon realizing the substantial loss of inventory, the wildlife park turned to Facebook to share details of the incident and seek help in locating the culprits. The stolen items included a sizable Scarlet Macaw toy and a soft toy Penguin. The park staff expressed deep disappointment over the incident, noting the detrimental impact on their dedicated efforts.
In a Facebook post, it was revealed that local law enforcement is conducting an investigation. The post implored the community for assistance, urging them to share images captured from the CCTV footage. The post showcased images of individuals believed to be involved in the theft. Among them was a man in a purple top, holding a large Scarlet Macaw toy that he did not pay for. A young girl holding a purple pad and other individuals were also shown in the images.
The post emphasized the significance of the loss, not only in terms of monetary value but also the emotional toll it took on the shop staff. The wildlife park’s plea for support received an overwhelming response, with the post being shared over 8,500 times. An update later indicated that the police had been informed and were investigating the matter. The park expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and clarified that their aim was to raise awareness about the incident rather than seeking financial compensation.