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HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – There is a pigeon problem in Hialeah.  No, not as a nuisance, but rather they are getting stolen.

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Police in Hialeah said they are getting calls about twice a month that people’s pet pigeons are being pilfered.

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On December 30th, at around 6 a.m. police said three people tried to steal about 12 pigeons from Leonor Mendez’s backyard. A neighbor noticed something suspicious was going on and alerted authorities, who arrested the three.

Mendez’s daughter, Heidy Mendez, told CBS4’s Cynthia Demos that this is a hobby for a lot of people who are Hispanic.  She said her dad’s pets relax him after work.

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Carl Zogby with the Hialeah Police Department said, “It was foiled before they can even get away with anything.”

The family said the birds are worth about $2,000 to $3,000.

Heidy Mendez said that her dad “feeds them well. They’re fat, they’re well fed.”

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