Thessaloniki burglars show yellow streak

Despite what canary fanciers described as the bizarre and irrational theft of 26 competitors on Wednesday, the Seventh annual Northern Greek Canary Show will go ahead in Thessaloniki today, organizers said yesterday. On Wednesday night, burglars entered through a skylight into the municipal cultural center in the suburb of Sykies, where some 600 canaries from all over northern Greece were housed awaiting today’s show. They stole 26 birds and destroyed several cages. The canaries were to have been judged for color and breeding, Panayiotis Evlogimenos, president of the Association of Northern Greek Canary Lovers, said yesterday. These pedigree birds have special eating habits and cannot survive in unfamiliar circumstances. He appealed for the return of the missing birds, offering to replace them with other canaries. Passaris told the officers that when he escaped in February he had been given a gun by an accomplice at the Athens court complex where the police van stopped to drop off some prisoners before taking him to the hospital for tests. I do not rat on my partners, I won’t tell you anything else, he added.

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