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Afraid a talkative parrot might prove to be a stool pigeon, three thieves returned to the scene of the crime to silence the bird -- only to be caught by police, authorities say.

After making off with DVD players, computers, radios, television sets and other electronic gear, one of the burglars realized Monday that a parrot in the home had heard him use the nickname "J.J." for one of his accomplices and was repeating it.

"They were afraid the bird would stool on them," police Maj. Billy Garrett said.

They went back for the bird and were loading it into the getaway car when police arrived, authorities said. The chase ended a few blocks away when the men crashed their car.

The parrot flew away when its cage broke open in the crash and has not been found.

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