Police: Man Shoved Blind Woman, Stole Her Parrot

Man Charged With Abusing Disabled Person, Grand Theft

DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. - A DeLeon Springs man forced his way into a blind woman's home, pushed her to the ground and stole a pet bird he had traded to her, deputies said.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Mark Bausch regretting trading his pet sun conure to the 64-year-old woman and her 81-year-old mother in exchange for $50 and a computer.

Bausch went to the women's home on Ponce DeLeon Boulevard on Thursday afternoon and demanded the bird back, saying he missed his pet and the computer ran too slow, deputies said.

When they refused Bausch's request, he forced his way into the home, shoved the blind woman to the ground and went into her bedroom, where he shoved her again, took the bird and fled in his truck, deputies said.

Using a description from the women, deputies said they were able to find Bausch, who was in his truck along with the bird.

The sun conure is valued at around $300.

Bausch was arrested and charged with home invasion robbery, grand theft and abuse of a disabled adult. He is being held on $13,000 bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the altercation.

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