Sheriff: Talking birds scare off burglars in Palmetto

MANATEE -- One man was arrested after a Palmetto woman reported that he and another man were trying to break into her house this morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. A break-in was averted after the suspect and another man heard voices that probably came from some talking birds, according to a news release

The woman and her grandson were in her home in the 100 block of 12th Street West, Palmetto, about 10:55 a.m. when she heard someone banging on the front door, which was locked and dead-bolted. She did not answer the door and noticed that someone was jiggling the door knob, according to a news release.

She looked outside and saw a man standing in the driveway, as someone else was trying to open the door.

She took her grandson and went to a rear bedroom to hide, but she realized the blinds were open. She saw two men trying to open the door to a small apartment in the rear of the house, according to the sheriff's office.

"After only a short while, both subjects ran from the yard as if something had scared them off. It was later determined that part of the building also housed some talking birds," the report states.

The men fled, but deputies were able to develop information on their whereabouts.

However, the victim was able to identify one of the suspects. Devin Shannon, 20, who was arrested.

Shannon was being held at the Manatee County jail on $7,500 bond on a charge of burglary.