According to reports, the Metro Gang Strike Force is investigating the possibility that Hmong gangs from the Twin Cities are stealing racing pigeons.
More than 600 racing pigeons have been stolen from three men who raise and train the racing pigeons in Minnesota. According to them, the losses have totaled nearly $200,000.
After law enforcement officials found pigeons belonging to one of the men in the basement of a known gang member, the Gang Strike Force was called to investigate.
“Predominantly they were Asian, Hmong and that’s why I’m saying it’s a cultural thing,” Gang Strike Force Commander Ron Ryan explained to reporters on the possibility that the thefts may not be gang-related, but perhaps a broader, cultural problem . “They weren’t always necessarily gang people.”
Investigators believe the stolen pigeons were sold for profit, raced and then possibly eaten.