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LFS in Buffalo, NY robbed of dry goods, corals and cash

By Johnathan Carvallo - Posted Jan 03, 2012 11:00 PM
A Reef Creation, a local fish store and online coral vendor located in Buffalo, N.Y. was burglarized earlier this week of over $20,000 in cash, dry goods and live coral. Please help catch these criminals (video and photo after the jump).

A Reef Creation is a local fish store and online livestock vendor specializing in high-end coral located in a suburb of Buffalo, New York.

In the early hours of January 2nd, 2012, the store was broken into by two mid-20's white males, where they stole a combined $20,000+ in cash, dry goods and live corals.  Two suspects smashed the glass door at the front entrance of this business and began stealing hard goods on a shelf located near the front door. The pair soon returned, breaking in the interior entrance to the store and quickly grabbed an armful of the stores own salt buckets. No sooner, they were navigating around the dark store using a cell phone to illuminate the tanks and grabbing coral by the handful, carelessly throwing them into the buckets with no care as to the health of the animals. To make matters worse, after burglarizing nearly $20,000 worth of live coral, the thieves stole a substantial amount of money out of the cash register.

Below is an infrared surveillance photo showing the two perpetrators in the action.


And here the local news report of the crime, including more surveillance video and details about the crime.

It's always unfortunate to hear about our local brick and mortar stores being subjected to tragedies like this  and we really hope that the reefkeeping community as well as the law enforcement can aid in catching the criminals responsible for this heinous crime. Fingerprints and facial-recognition software are also being utilized to identify these two men.

If you or anyone you know has any information leading to the arrest of these burglars, please contact or call the local police department at 716-686-6500.

Author: Johnathan Carvallo
Location: Northeast

Johnathan is a proud marine hobbyist who spent many years working in a local fish store while managing an online coral site. He enjoys all facets of the marine aquarium industry, but especially loves the technological side and is constantly working on improving and advancing it. He currently maintains a 34 gallon nano aquarium as as well as a coral propagation system. Jon is currently an employee at EcoTech Marine, owner of the up and coming and a staff blogger here at Advanced Aquarist.


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