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Parrot Costume Stolen From Car

January 30, 1990

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A new costume for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ parrot mascot, worth about $8,200, has been stolen from a car parked downtown, police said.

Mike Recktenwald, 26, of Brentwood, one of two men who play the role of the baseball team’s 7-foot-tall mascot, had parked the car near Robert Morris College while he attended classes Monday.

Police said a rear window was pried open. A large gym bag containing the parrot’s body was taken along with a bag containing the mascot’s trademark head with its huge beak and buccaneer hat.

Some of Recktenwald’s clothing and accessories also were taken.

″I couldn’t believe it,″ he said. ″The costume was brand new. I only had it a week.″

Pirates spokesman Rick Cerrone said the 30-pound costume was one of two bought for the upcoming baseball season.

″It’s not like you could put it on and just go strolling around somewhere,″ Cerrone said. ″I don’t know what anybody would do with it.″

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