The one-year-old Indian Ringneck parakeet, known as Sky, was taken from Ackroyd Pets and Aquariums on Sunday, around 3 p.m. PT.
Police say an unidentified man simply walked in, grabbed the bird and stuffed it into a black shopping bag before fleeing the store.
"Sky is an exotic bird described as sweet and friendly by the pet store staff," said Corporal Stephanie Ashton of Richmond RCMP in a press release. "He won’t survive if released or if he escapes."
Police have released a security camera image of the suspect, who is described as a Caucasian man, aged between 35 and 40 years old and around five feet 10 inches tall.
He has a heavy build, dark hair and was wearing glasses, a blue striped dress shirt, jean shorts and black sandals at the time of the theft.
Sky is powder blue with a red beak and measures approximately half a metre long, including a lengthy tail. The parakeet has certification papers and a metal ringband on one of his legs.
Anyone with any information about Sky’s location can email Richmond_tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at solvecrime.ca.
Google Maps: Ackroyd Pets and Aquariums, Richmond, B.C.