A high speed police chase left a New Iberia man dead Wednesday, after he broke into the Zoo of Acadiana earlier that morning, stealing three exotic birds.
Around two o'clock this morning, Zoo of Acadiana owner and proprietor George Oldenburg was awakened by a suspicious situation.
"I watched the vehicle, and it pulled around side of our shop where we do maintenance work et cetera," explains Oldenburg.
Oldenburg lives on zoo property, and as soon as he saw a man walking with a kennel, he had a feeling something bad was going to happen.
"I called 911. Spotted him over by our vet clinic, and I couldn't tell what was going on other than he made several trips to his vehicle," says Oldenburg.
Officers from Broussard police showed up shortly after he made the call. By then the bandit had taken three exotic birds, speeding off in a getaway vehicle with police in hot pursuit.
The suspect Youngcon Su crashed into the front part of a house in Broussard, which is not far from the zoo. Su died from his injuries along with one of the birds. Two however were able to escape the fiery vehicle, a parrot with a broken leg, and a blue Indian Ringneck Parakeet which is still missing.
"We're going to be going out there again with feed bowls. Maybe we'll get it in a few days," says Oldenburg.
The parakeet's name is Baby Blue, and is sky blue in color with a black ring around it's neck. Oldenburg says they are difficult to capture, but is confident Baby Blue is hanging around the area of the crash.
The bird is believed to be near the intersection of East Main and Lafayette streets in Broussard.
If you see it, you're asked to call the Zoo of Acadiana at 837-4325. Anyone with information that leads to the retrieval of Baby Blue will get a free one year family membership.