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Thief makes off with 50 bags of aquacultured tropical fish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 09, 2017 09:00 AM
A masked woman is recorded on hidden camera stealing an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 worth of cichlids, angelfish, and kois from V W Tropical Fish farm in Lakeland, Florida.

On the early morning of July 22, 2017, a masked woman entered V W Tropical Fish and filled approximately fifty large bags of water with hundreds of farmed ornamental tropical fish.

The available video evidence suggests this was either an inside job or someone who was very familiar with V W's facilities.  The woman knew where everything was located, including the packaging supplies.  She even first disabled the primary surveillance camera before she went to "work" ... not knowing there was a secondary hidden camera recording the entire heist.

A cash reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest. If you have witnessed any usual activity in your tropical fish community (e.g. someone trying to unload a lot of Malawi cichlids, angelfish, and/or kois), please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

Thief makes off with 50 bags of aquacultured tropical fish

The aquaculture vats at V W Tropical Fish

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.


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