A 64-YEAR-OLD woman from Firsby has been left heartbroken after more than 50 pet budgies were stolen from her garden.
Maureen Ellis of Station Road, has told the Target she has been left too scared to keep animals outside again after the break-in.
She said: "I have been breeding my birds as a hobby for years and was devastated to come across the open aviary.
"I'm quite a light sleeper and can't believe that they managed to walk past my bedroom and steal so many birds."
"I happened to be awake at 4.30am on Tuesday, January 15, and heard a noise that I put down to my chickens in their pen and now looking back I suppose that could have been them."
Offenders broke into the rear of the property and cut through the aviary wire to reach the birds.
Maureen added: "My property is very sheltered and I don't like to think it is anyone I know that stole the birds but unless you know me you wouldn't know about my animals. I certainly do believe that the budgies were stolen to be sold on as there is easily up to £1,000 of stock.
"I can't even claim from my insurance for the birds as livestock aren't covered."
Maureen is urging anyone that is offered a large amount of birds to contact the police.
She added: "There is no way I will be breeding budgies again as I can't stand the thought of this happening again.
"I'm absolutely heartbroken and I am thinking of selling my chickens as I don't feel that they are safe here anymore."
Anyone with information is being urged to call Lincolnshire Police on 101 with incident number 83 of January 15.