SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida family is out of thousands of dollars after over a hundered expensive birds were stolen from their South Miami-Dade home.

A home surveillance system captured the two men breaking into the area where the birds resided. “They had bandannas and hats on, and every time there’s a camera and they saw it, they would cover their face with their shirt, and they knew how to unlock the locks,” said robbery victim Elizabeth Mirabal.

Elizabeth and her father Antonio Mirabal raise and sell birds, and now, the door to where the birds are kept is chained up.

The thieves got onto the Mirabals’ property by jumping a neighbor’s fence. Antonio believes he lost between $10,000 and $15,000 in total. Among the birds stolen was a colorful Gouldian finch.

The family believes their home was targeted because the subjects knew about their business. Antonio said he was ripped off like this years ago when he lived in Hialeah.

Elizabeth and her father hope the subjects are caught before they can rob someone else.

If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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