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Thief steals fish from public aquarium to win fishing contest

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 17, 2012 09:00 AM
This might be the weirdest aquarium crime we've reported. Matthew Clark pled guilty to the theft of a big freshwater bass from Guernsey Aquarium (United Kingdom) — a fish he snatched to win top prize at a local fishing competition. Yes; You read that right.
Thief steals fish from public aquarium to win fishing contest

Photo by Maritime Aquarium at Norfolk

Caught Wet-handed

On July 9, 2012, Clark poached the 13lb 13oz fish from the public aquarium and entered the fish into the Bailiwick Bass Club competition to claim the top prize of £800 (~$1300 USD).

Authorities matched the distinctive scars on the bass to confirm that the winning fish was the same fish that was reported missing earlier the same day.  The bass also exhibited no hook damage, which raised eyebrows at the fishing competition.

Earlier this year, Clark pled guilty to false representation.  Last week, he admitted to the piscine theft and is now awaiting sentencing.

Stupid criminals make for great (big fish) tales.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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