San Pablo police nab pet store burglar; recover turtles and birds

San Pablo police bust pet store burglar; recover turtles, chicks and exotic bird
San Pablo police Officer Tyler Nelson poses with the turtles rescued following a burglary at a local pet store. (Photo courtesy of San Pablo Police Department)

By Mike Kinney

Three turtles, an exotic bird and dozens of chicks were recovered and a suspect arrested following a burglary at a San Pablo pet store last week, police said.

On Monday, Sept. 7, a burglary was reported at the El Granero Feed & Pet Supply at 2228 Church Lane during which the animals and a large denomination of cash were stolen, police said.

Using surveillance footage, police identified the suspect in the burglary as David Perez-Carbajal, 28, of San Pablo.

The following day, police made contact with Perez-Carbajal by the Walgreens on 13691 San Pablo Ave. at 4 p.m. At the time, he was in possession of a large denomination of cash, an exotic bird and 40 chicks, police said. He was booked into County Jail on possession of stolen property and cruelty to animals. He had placed the chicks in plastic bins with little ventilation for them to breathe, police said.

Perez-Carbajal was released from Jail the next day, on Sept. 9. But when conducting a probation compliance check at his home on Sunday at 3:45 pm, an officer discovered the three missing turtles and arrested him a second time for the stolen property, police said.

The exotic bird, the chicks and the three tortoises were returned back to the owners of El Granero Feed & Pet Supply store.